The problem with repeating mistakes

Inaccuracies get repeated so often they become part of our vocabulary. Words like motor vs. engine, press vs. media, congressperson vs. representative, fuel vs. energy, stomach vs. abdomen, information vs. intelligence, have been in wide use but are still inaccurate. A motor is powered by electricity. An engine is powered by fuel, yet we have the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Now there are more electric-powered and hybrid vehicles, so the DMV could more accurately be called the DEMV, Department of Engine and Motor Vehicles. The Auto Club refers to motorists. How about if they are called drivers? The Indianapolis 500 races begin with the announcement, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” declaring that race cars are powered by engines. The words motor and engine are not the same. In this age…

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