Re: Fredric Brown, "The Sentry"
Originally Posted by PeterValk
I agree with you that light years are a measure of distance. Dictionaries (and Google) confirm this fact. Technically, "Thousands of light years from here" would have been better. However, given that a light year is specifically a measure referring to the distance light travels in one year, it is easy to see why (and how) so many people use it as a measure of time. I wouldn't go with either artistic license or plain mistake - I would simply say that it's one of those things that has been (mis)used so many times that few people would register it.
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