Too slangy?

November 1, 2011

Clues to Gaddafi’s death concealed from public view

Another man in the crowd lets out a high-pitched hysterical scream. Gaddafi then goes out of view and gunshots ring out. One of the fighters present said Gaddafi was in a bad way but alive when he was put in the ambulance.

In this article, the author uses the phrase “in a bad way” to describe Gaddafi’s status.

This phrase is considered slang in the U.S., and I was surprised to see it in a Reuters piece.

I’m not sure if cultural differences are at play, but the writer should be advised that readers here would assume she is not serious about the content of her article based on this informal tone. It would be analogous to writing, “Gaddafi was bummed out but the rebels showed him what’s up.”


I agree the phrase seemed a bit too slangy, at least for a U.S. audience: GBU Editor

People walk past a memorial board for slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the Russian State University of Trade and Economics in Moscow October 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

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