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Old 01-28-2005, 08:59 AM   #1
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Default Is "before" obsolete now?

What is going on? All of a sudden (past few months, maybe) newscasters and writers use the wordy “ahead of” when “before” would work perfectly well.

I have been hearing it on Morning Edition newcasts and commentaries, in TV news in the evening, and yesterday I caught it on the BBC News Hour. I bet if I read carefully, I’d see it in The New York Times!

I notice it mostly in the Iraq war news: “The forces are tightening security,” a reporter might say, “ahead of the election.”

English is the richest language in the West, if not in the world. Why do we keep jettisoning perfectly good words?


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