“Increase.” “Intensification.” “Escalation.” “Spike.” “Worsening.”
There are a lot of words the Associated Press could have used today to describe bad news about “a (blank) of bombings and shootings around Baghdad” on the Star Tribune’s front page.
But the verb it selected was “surge.”
I’m all for editorial jabs at the verbal gymnastics of White House wordsmiths and the subsequent submissiveness of the news media. But the digs don’t belong in news reporting.