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Should the CT calm down?

By johnboy 17 November 2008 22

Hardly a day goes by without a reader submitting something strange from the Canberra Times website.

Normally we refrain. But this morning provides two headlines which really need looking at:

L.A burns to the ground
‘Perfect storm’ as fires raze California

The State of California has been ‘razed’? My dictionary defines raze as to “completely destroy”. 36,553,215 people completely destroyed?

The whole city of Los Angeles burned “to the ground”?

I know we’re prone to hyperbole ourselves here. But really guys, get a grip. Maybe a thousand houses is a tragedy to be sure and great pictures no doubt. But it’s not the complete devastation of one of the world’s biggest economies.

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bd84 9:05 pm 17 Nov 08

California “burns to the ground” like clockwork every year.. yawnn

utah 7:01 pm 17 Nov 08

The CT is good for exactly two things: starting my backyard chiminea and cleaning up dog shit.
In the CT’s defence, it’s a pretty good birdcage liner, too.

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