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This is a minor one, a subtle one. It doesn’t bother me as much as some others. Still, it just seems… odd.
I saw it in a cutline today in The State, but I don’t mean to pick on my friends there; I see it everywhere…
It said that “The Force Awakens” will be “opening Friday around the country.”
Around the country? Why not across the country? Or even, perhaps, throughout the country?
Say “around the country” and I picture a path that runs through Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf, Mexico and the Pacific.
“Around the world” makes sense. “Across the world” does not. But ours is a continental country, one that can be seen in its entirety from one side of the planet. One crosses it; one does not bypass it.
Yeah, I know — it’s not a big deal. And it can make sense, thought of a certain way. (You could argue that the film opens here and there all over the country, or around it, as opposed to following a single, straight line across it.) It’s just a peeve of mine, not because it’s necessarily wrong but because, most of the time, it fails to be the best word…