Reaching a Crescendo?

About two weeks ago, I posted a link to this lovely essay by Miles Hoffman at our Google+ community. The choice of crescendo as the word of the day at today’s meeting made me feel a bit clairvoyant. My original comment:

Miles Hoffman has a graceful piece at The New York Times that explains why you can’t “reach a crescendo” and contains this observation:

So the next time you read a sentence like, “The battle raged, until on the third day it reached a crescendo,” you will know that the author of the sentence has, to paraphrase Fowler’s Modern English Usage, injured the language.

I’ll bet you pay more attention to the grammarian’s reports now.


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