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Letter: Weigh it before you say it: The (mis)use of the word “ton”

Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune The scene on a Salt Lake City street after a big snow storm on December 14, 2015.

Am I over-reacting? I can’t understand how the word “ton” has gotten into our vocabulary.

We are going to have a “ton” of snow, a “ton” of rain, or a “ton” of sunshine. We used a “ton” of water to water our lawn. We have lost a “ton” of cash or a “ton” of money in the stock market. It costs a “ton” of money to buy gas or groceries with this high inflation. The last time I checked the dictionary, a “ton” was a unit of weight equal to 2000 pounds.

People are using the word without thinking about what they are saying.

Carlos S. Smith, Sandy

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