Copy Point: “Rash” of Break-ins

I’ll never claim to be a writing expert, but going over copy everyday gives me an opportunity to look at the words we use and occasionally ask why. With that disclaimer, here is today’s Copy Point:

                        We wrote “a rash of burglaries” .

 Copy Point: Sounds like a skin disease. Technically, “rash” of burglaries is proper usage, but isn’t “string” of burglaries what we are trying to say –

 From Dictionary. com: “string”” ‑‑A series of similar or related acts, events, or items arranged or falling in or as if in a line.

 Let’s add “rash” to the words we only use in medical stories.

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