11 July 2013

She Wept, And Understandably So.

This is a photograph of the chief flight attendant on the airliner that crash in San Francisco last weekend. My understanding is that she and her fellow crew members performed heroically in the event. That said here is the caption accompanying the photo at the Lens blog today.
"Kim Yoon-ju, a flight attendant on the Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco last week, became emotional during a news conference near Seoul." Photograph © Kim Hong-ji/Reuters.
When did it become impossible to say that a person wept or cried or shed tears? When did the press decide it is necessary to speak euphemistically about a simple, normal reaction to stress and sadness and fear? Can I say that I find the phrase became emotional incredibly irritating? I just did.

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