nteresting phrase, “Breaking News.”
It replaced “Bulletin,” a neutrally honest word.
Before that came “Flash,” ripe with (explosive) possibility.
Breaking News is different. It fractures intentionally. It is not neutral but detrimental for effect.
Semantics, you say. Cut slang some slack.
Not that easy, I answer.
Anxiety conjures up its own lexicon. It delivers phrases that pick at sores.
For Breaking News, the latest sore is birds.
The word “pandemic,” misunderstood, turns radioactive. It intrudes, probes, frightens, weakens. It is involving.
Are you at risk? asks Breaking News.
Could you die?
And what about your children?
What if drugs are limp and without potency?
You know about “superbugs.” They’re smart, adjust, are unresponsive to superdrugs. Like a hurricane, you