It has become common to see the word "crescendo" misused, but it is especially disappointing when it is misused in the newspaper, which was once a standard-bearer for proper language.
I am referring to your front page article about Sailabration, which said the air show represented a "crescendo" for the event and repeated the error by describing it as "a potent crescendo of Angels" ("Blue Angels add awe to Sailabration festivities," June 16).
A crescendo is a process, not a result. It is the process of getting louder. To use it as a result is as meaningless as to say a climb ended in an ascent.
The word your writer was looking for is "climax," "culmination" or another synonym thereof.
Leslie Starr, BaltimoreCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun