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  •  the first definition in Merriam-Webster online (0+ / 0-)

    be·fore: adverb or adjective bi-ˈfȯr, bē-\
    : at an earlier time

    That's what the writer is saying, isn't it? Why use a two-word idiomatic expression with no explicit expression of "at an earlier time" when there's a common pronoun that exactly matches the intent of the writer? I just don't understand. It's just journalese to me.

    I think you're inventing your own definitions here, which is your right, of course. But by doing so, you sow confusion. And as we all know too well from events, confusion in language ultimately sows social and political confusion. Call this nitpicking if you like, I don't care. I'm just trying to help.

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