Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thousands Rally in Capital to Protest Big Government

I wrote to Jeff Zeleny, whose byline appears above the article at the New York Times online.
"A sea of protesters", really? A large sea? Or a small sea?
Yes, I realize that "sea of" is a figure of speech, with no particular amount being indicated. "Tens of thousands" is a similar figure of speech, connoting a number somewhere between 20,000 and 100,000. Recent anti-war protests have been much larger; 200,000, for instance, in one small city.
A more appropriate metaphor for a turnout of 20,000 would have been "lake", or perhaps "large puddle".
And who are Theo Emery and Ashley Southall?
Thank you
Marvin Hampton

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