As well all know, words have a great deal of power -- and if one strikes someone as wrong, it can have an outsized impact on those that follow. This truism is exemplified by a post affixed to the story of a 53-day landfill search for the body of Sharrieckia Page's baby -- one we characterized in a headline as "amazing." Not so, feels the reader.
The choice of adjective in the headline here is disrespectful.
Circus trains are "amazing."
Skiers outrunning impending avalanches are "amazing."
53-day searches for the corpse of an infant are "exhaustive," or "meticulous," or "painstaking." They are not "amazing." There is nothing "amazing" about this story. Everything about this is painful and sad.
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