Old house torn down in Pointe Claire

It’s a usage thing that irritates me: the Gazette reports on an old house demolished without a permit in Pointe Claire. All through this piece, the building is described as a “home” – “make the owner rebuild the home as it was” and so on. That’s pure realtor-talk: they use that word to “warm” a property. A building may be someone’s home, but a random building standing on a street corner is a house.

Did people call that building “the pink home” as the piece claims? Or did they really call it “the pink house”?

OK OK, maybe it’s a flinch left over from a time when I worked on publications that included some real estate stuff. But I think I have a point.