The language of letting go

The words and phrases of an economic downturn fill our newspaper and Web site these days. One such phrase prompted a reader to write that we were "butchering" the language. The offending sentence was in a report of possible job losses in state government. The sentence that stoked the reader’s ire was "Microsoft is letting go of 5,000 employees."

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