I have noticed people increasingly using the present tense when talk about the past.

"I am going to the park when a dog jumps on me." vs "I was going to the park when a dog jumped on me."

I find it irritating for some reason but am I wrong?

marked as duplicate by Cascabel, Edwin Ashworth, choster, Laure, pyobum Mar 21 '17 at 12:54

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    Not everyone likes the historical present, but it's perfectly legitimate, even customary in some cases. – choster Mar 20 '17 at 22:33
  • apologies for the duplicate but after searching I didn't find the existing question. – Channing Walton Mar 22 '17 at 8:36
  • No worries! It's not always easy to find duplicates, especially if you're not familiar with the terminology, but this question will now be retained as a pointer to anyone who searches on the terms you use. – choster Mar 22 '17 at 17:10

Hopefully there is some context that shows what they are doing: narrating the past as though it was being replayed, like a movie. This is meant to make the story more vivid, although their mistake is that the images are much clearer to them, since they use pre-lingual memory.

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