A gaffe in a national news source

rogersgeorge on June 27th, 2010

…who, as usual shall remain unnamed. This is a subtle one, but if you get it right yourself, you’ll improve your writing. Here’s the incriminating evidence:

“In 1944, economic policymakers from 44 nations gathered at Bretton Woods, N.H., to devise a system for international exchange rates, centered around each country pegging its currency to the value of gold.”

The center is a point, folks. You don’t center around something. You center on something. You can revolve around something, and you can circle around something, even encircle something if you’re on every side at once. I know, these writers are journalists, not geometers, but their editor should have caught it. Harrumpf.

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