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06 August 2010 @ 11:11 am
Connotation / denotation / other stuff  
1. Headline: Missouri families grieve 2 slain in school buses wreck.

Comment: To me, "slain" has a connotation of deliberateness, more like murder, rather than accident. What say you all? Or was it simply a matter, since it's a headline, of choosing a word with five letters rather than six ("killed")?

2. Suppose you are in the USA and are on a road with five lanes: two in one direction, two in the opposite direction, and one in the middle available for left turns from either direction. This middle lane is typically double-striped: solid yellow on the outside and dashed yellow on the inside. What do you call that middle lane?

3. Masseuse: when did this become the word for male or female provider? I thought masseur was male, masseuse was female, and massage therapist was gender-neutral. Or is massage therapist only used for medical contexts, not for spas? Also, can you think of any other cases of the female form of a word subsuming the male form (as opposed to, say, actor/actress which is now commonly actor)?

4. "Gifted me with": when did this overtake "gave me"? And why? Am I wrong to think it sounds somewhat pretentious?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on August 6th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)

1. Yes. To me, "slain" is far more personal.
2. Double turn lane.
3. Nothing off the top of my head.
4. They are verbing things again. Even the word "verbing" sets my teeth on edge.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 6th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
I have no problem with turning nouns into verbs if there isn't an existing equivalent, but it annoys me if there is already a perfectly good word.
Curious Stuffonelargecat on August 6th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
yes, exactly!