Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM
Wed Nov 21 17:50:18 UTC 2001

Beth asked

>Is "Sept. 11" a WOTY nominee yet?

And Beverly remarked:

As "9-11," preferably?  (Not "9-1-1," which I hear occasionally and which
makes no sense at all!)

It makes sense to me, or at least it can. When used in context that makes
its reference to the attacks clear, the pronunciation "nine-one-one" is an
obvious allusion to the emergency number. (Note to non-USAians: 911 is the
nationwide number for (theoretically) immediate connection to emergency
services: police, fire, or ambulance.) The connection and relevance were
clear to me and many others even from the day itself, when our minds were
spinning out of control.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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