Howard Glazer, copy editor with the Record-Journal in Meriden,
Conn., shares this irksome occurrence:
My nominee is the tired lede “What a difference a day (week, month, year, epoch) makes.” It fits just about anything one covers as news, as long as something has changed, from City Council meetings (MERIDEN — What a
difference a day makes. An ordinance banning parking downtown was passed Monday, etc.) to historical events. (HIROSHIMA, Japan — What a difference a day makes. An atomic bomb devastated, etc.). Why anyone would think this a clever way to start a story is beyond me, but we still encounter it, here and in the pages of other papers, regularly.