Pretty much every day I come across plagued in copy, sometimes more than once. You begin to listen for the sound of carts rumbling down the street outside and men calling, "Bring out your dead!"

It's not enough for a person or organization or program to be troubled or beset with difficulties. No, big-time journalism requires the hyperbolic impression that Yersinia pestis is abroad and the dead are heaped up like cordwood. 

Spare me the drama.