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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
kshandra on August 6th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
...and wouldn't "Missouri families mourn two killed in school bus wreck" be more appropriate?

Grieve, mourn imply showing suffering caused by sorrow. Grieve is the stronger word, implying deep mental suffering often endured alone and in silence but revealed by one's aspect: to grieve over the loss (or death) of a friend. Mourn usually refers to manifesting sorrow outwardly, either with or without sincerity: to mourn publicly and wear black. (dictionary.com)
The watcher over theredafydd on August 6th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yah, you're right. I was focusing on an alternative for "slain." *shrug*

Annetxanne on August 6th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, because "mourn" takes a direct object and "grieve" doesn't, although in this degenerate age, who can tell?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on August 6th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
"Grieve" seems also to have become the verb form of "file a grievance", and in that context, it does tend to take an object.

I can't decide if I object to that usage or not.
Annetxanne on August 6th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
I have never heard that usage, which is good because I'll probably deck the first person who tries it on me.