I have noticed what I think is a change in style from the New York Times — or at least it seems new to me –in its use of the phrase “middle class.”
Notice this use of it in this story on the battle brewing on extended so-called “Bush’s tax cuts.”
“But they have pledged to continue the lower tax rates for individuals earning less than $200,000 and families earning less than $250,000 — what Democrats call the middle class.”
That’s a great use of attribution to afford some kind of better description than we have in most other news articles I see. In other stories, I still see the simpler use of the phrase “middle class.” But what the hell does that mean?