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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'SFearthquakes' Twitter Account Needs to Shake Up Language

Posted By on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM

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Your humble narrator just became the 8,619th follower of the Twitter account @SFearthquakes. Figured it'd be useful down the road to explain to us why there's rubble on our heads and we've been unconscious for three days.

So, a valuable service is being provided. But not just in the way you'd expect. This Twitter account is also a reminder that word choice matters. Take a gander of the following as the author channels Keanu Reeves:

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In fact, you'd have to go back to 2007 for the author to use a word other than "Damn," "Whoah," or "Hey" to introduce his or her announcement. On Oct. 30, 2007, the 5.6 magnitude Alum Rock quake was trumpeted with a "DUDE." 

Guessing the next bit of verbiage to be used is the silver lining of waiting for an earthquake.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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