Should we cool it with the historical present?

When people talk of past events in the present tense, it’s called speaking in the historical present. While it can help make scenes feel more vivid, James Somers argues that its prevalence makes it more challenging to discuss events in the recent past. He points to the New York Times’ “Daily” podcast as an example; it’s genuinely difficult to parse if they’re talking about the past or the present because the host insists on using the historical present. Read full article here


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