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Nine-Eleven

September 11, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve never been comfortable addressing 9/11 as ‘9-11’. I’m not sure why this is although am not usually big on slash marks. Yet something about the hyphenated version of 9/11 has always bothered me. The only time I ever hyphenate the ‘9’ and ’11’ in 9/11 is when I gotta save a file on my computer since the other commonly used version is 911 for SOS. Windows won’t let you use slashes when you’re naming your files.

the nine-eleven story

My favorite way of writing 9/11 actually involves no numbers whatsoever. If I had it my way, everyone would call 9/11 “Nine-Eleven.” I first came up with this variation several years ago when my professor in a communications class once taught me never to start a sentence with a number. I was writing one of my articles and really wanted to start a sentence with “9/11,” which, for some poetic reason or another, sounded better or seemed more appropriate than starting the sentence with “September 11th.” So I decided to compromise. I spelled out the numbers, and Nine-Eleven was born.

I like Nine-Eleven. But I’ve never seen anyone else use it until today when nidz got using it.

And when we look @ this day, there are 2 other competitors for the grabs – hallmark cards and the government who have tried pushing the phrase “Patriot Day” but it was a big debacle. We tend to often call it 9/11 because it felt like an emergency. We’re never going to call it anything different. Maybe Or maybe it would work if Nine-Eleven had happened on Nine-Twelve. I’ve gone through a lot of different preferences on this issue over the years. Sometimes my political view on the whole 9/11 issue changes or other times with watching all the gory scenes of violence n destruction, I end up changing the way I write it.

However, in the race to keep ourselves alive in this big bad world, we tend to forget all the nuances concerning this…. so no looking back now!!!

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  1. Sohail
    September 11, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Moid, you have something on every topic. Is there anything that you don’t have a view on or you don’t know of? I am amazed with your skills. Keep it up.

  2. 9-11 wizard
    September 11, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    This article on nine-eleven is stunning. This is like your concept of //\\out of the box//\\. Yaaar, tu aata first global popularity list mein agar tu jaata. Good work, pundit blogger.

  3. September 15, 2007 at 8:30 am

    @ Sohail

    Thanks frend… simple acknowledgment goes a long way in prodding me to continue blogging!

  4. September 15, 2007 at 8:31 am

    @ 9-11 wizard

    You seem to be more impacted with this article so much so dat u changed ur name 🙂 Yea, everyone associated 9-11 with all sortta of negative things… thought I’d take a different view to the whole thing!

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