Nico (vilakins) wrote,
Nico
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That word "carnage"

Media Watch last night criticised the exaggeration of news reports about Christchurch, and particularly the misuse of the word "carnage" which I objected to; vindicated! Because there weren't any deaths, let alone slaughter, as Media Watch put it.

Petrol-head Greg thinks the misuse of "carnage" comes from Formula 1 where they call every crash carnage, and I'm wondering if the "car" part is to blame. The reporter who used it in Christchurch was standing near a flattened car, but I really don't think he was thinking about that when he said it. I'm wondering what the general perception of that word is. So, a poll.

Poll #1615401 Carnage

What do you think of when you hear "carnage"?

Massive destruction
4(10.3%)
A car crash
0(0.0%)
A car crash with death or injury
0(0.0%)
A high death toll
35(89.7%)

[Edit] Since I can't change a poll, add "with horrible injuries" to the last option. I kept it too simple. :-P
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