Nothing ‘so-called’ about this superstorm

January 11, 2013

In the Jan. 6 editorial “The Sandy steamroller,” the use of the adjective “so-called” to modify the word “superstorm” was a poor choice, both objectively and subjectively. Technically, the word choice might be accurate, but to many readers “so-called” connotes an element of exaggeration or something negative about the truthfulness of an issue or a thing.

If you were living or had loved ones living during Sandy and its aftermath in Far Rockaway, Breezy Point, the Jersey Shore or many other communities, I think that you might feel passionately that ”super” would hardly be a strong enough word to describe that storm.

Linda R. O’Neill, Alexandria

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