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Thread #110534   Message #2320259
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
19-Apr-08 - 04:34 PM
Thread Name: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
Subject: RE: BS: you don't often get to see an earthquake
This is a good place to indulge in a bit of pedantry relating to one of my pet linguistic peeves:

"Epicenter" is used in the context of this event correctly, but many people misunderstand it and misuse it.

"Epicenter" does NOT mean "the center" or "the VERY center" or anything like that. It is a technical term in seismology, and it means the spot on the surface of the earth directly over the center of an earthquake, which may be thousands of feet, or even miles down in the earth's mass.

So PLEASE don't tell me that "Nashville is the epicenter of the country music business," or "The epicenter of the US movie business is Hollywood," or anything like that! Those may or may not be the centers of those activities, but not epicenters. Unless you think those industries are centered underground.

Dave Oesterreich