September 10, 2004

For Your Convenience

Tomorrow is September 11, 2004. That date is three years after the vicious, senseless, brutal attacks on American soil (and I know some poor sot is going to write that they weren't senseless to the terrorists - and I don't want to hear it, so I'll cut you off now).

The attacks were on September 11th. Not your friendly, easy-to-say "Nine Eleven." That moniker irritates me more than I can state in a short rant I'm penning between work items. Let it be known that I find "Nine Eleven" is way too familiar and offhanded. It sounds too close to "Seven Eleven" - yes, the convenience store. The term is warm and fuzzy, offhanded. It's coined for ease of use. And it - though little else does - it offends me. A nickname for the worst attack in American history.

I'd imagine I'm not the only one. Give the day its proper bearing - at least call it September 11th. And say it slowly. Yes, those extra syllables may be taxing - especially to the media - but they're worth it.


Posted by hln at September 10, 2004 10:29 AM | RANT | TrackBack

It's also harder to fit on the commemorative plates.

How about 9-11-01, pronounced nine-one-one-oh-one? Is that better?

Posted by: Brian J. at September 10, 2004 10:41 AM

I understand what you mean but I will always associate 9-11 with 911, the number we should call in an emergency. I suspect that lots of Americans will, too.

Posted by: Mike at September 11, 2004 02:27 AM