Using ‘Detrimental’

I’ve recently noticed that the word ‘detrimental’ is highly overused in the Indian media. To see how overused it is, you can just search the words ‘Detrimental’ and ‘India’ in Google News. Recent articles from known daily newspapers of India will pop-up as the search result.

The true definition of the word ‘detrimental’ according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “obviously harmful : damaging’ (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/detrimental).

Dear Indian media, if there is a news article to report, it’s mostly not ‘obvious’, if it was obvious, it wouldn’t be news-worthy. Therefore, please use the words ‘harmful’ or ‘unfavourable’ where required, instead of a stronger word like ‘detrimental’.

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