For some reason I have always hated the phrase “nine-eleven,” I am not really sure why I hate it so much. It probably has something to do with me associating it with the unquestioning patriotism that erupted on September 11, 2001.
Guess what? I use 9/11, and I say it just like that. Even today I was reading an article about a 911 phone call, and guess what else? In my head I said “nine-eleven” when I read 911. I am sure this doesn’t really mean anything. It is just another example on how powerful language is.