Pet Peeve

What does “$10-thousand” say?
Right! Ten thousand dollars.
What does “10-thousand dollars” say?
Yes, it still says ten thousand dollars!
OK, stay with me:
What, then, does “$10-thousand dollars” say?
Correct: ten thousand dollars dollars.
Use “$” OR use “dollars” —
using both makes you sound like an obliviot.
I’m talking to you, news reporters!

Seriously, guys: do you ever actually read what you write? The text stories on TV news station reports are especially bad on this point.

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