Tuesday, September 6, 2011

#14 - Terrible Traffic Tuesday - REALLY????

I realize that today marks the first day back to school for many jurisdictions (there are some in our area that went back two weeks ago), and the first day Congress is back in session after summer recess, and the first day many people are back from vacations, but c'mon now - THE WORST TRAFFIC DAY OF THE YEAR????? So says AAA and ABC news this morning.  Hmmm, what would the day before Thanksgiving be considered??  Or the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when the Northeast I-95 corridor is a virtual parking lot! I find it irritating when the superlative form of an adjective is used so freely.  A few examples:
1) Today is the hottest day ever!
2) This is the coldest winter we have ever had! (anybody ever see Ice Age???)
3) Teenagers' behavior is the worst it has ever been. (anybody ever see Rebel Without a Cause???)
4) Today only - our lowest prices of the year! (why not the decade or better yet, the century!!!)
And of course, today's gem ~ today is Terrible Traffic Tuesday - THE WORST TRAFFIC DAY OF THE YEAR!!!!!

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