Nit Picky With Words

 

Did anyone else notice that this morning’s headlines said “Five American Troops Were Killed In a Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan”? (That was on ABC.) I had to question that, because I wanted to know if it was five people or five full troops. I was fairly sure they meant people, but still…

I was glad to see the headline changed on NPR – “Five Americans Killed In Afghan Suicide Bombing”.

While neither number is good, five is better than 500 (how many soldiers make up a troop?).

Come on, copy editors and journalists, make yourself clear.