Oldster's View

Fight Against Maturity

Pet Peeve, one of many incorrect uses in newspaper reports and on TV news.

Begin rant:

It seems to me that even “journalists” should have to adhere to correct word usage. Here’s one of the most common misuses of a word:

“…were killed after being struck by falling building parts…”

“After?” Really? They weren’t killed “when” the falling building parts struck them? If it truly was “after” then what killed them?

End rant.

May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Illiterat news reporters


  1. They were only killed “when” falling parts hit them IF they died instantly. Most don’t.

    Comment by Wayne Harrison | May 11, 2011

  2. “Killed” means dead—not dying of injuries later.

    Comment by oldstersview | May 11, 2011

  3. Yep. I mistook “killed” for “died.”

    My pet peeve is “evacuated,” as in “several people were evacuated..”

    Buildings are evacuated. People aren’t, unless they had an enema.

    Comment by Wayne Harrison | May 11, 2011

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