Monday, January 16, 2006

Watching the Wording

The subject of the article in question is another space probe containing plutonium as fuel. The subject of this post is one sentence in the article stating that the radiothermal generator sticks out of the probe "like a gun on a tank." Clever bit of word play that. It has all the implications of death and destruction of a military vehicle's gun barrel while avoiding any of that sticky need for accuracy that reporters are supposed to have since it's just a colorful analogy.

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