September 6th, 2010


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
A car crash
A car crash with death or injury
A high death toll

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


I thought Greg's trip down to Christchurch at the end of this week would be cancelled, but apparently the office (and the hotel) are out by the airport and undamaged, and they still want him to go down. I have no idea why, but maybe they want to take their minds off things with a bout of software training.

One of the guys from the Christchurch branch told Greg today that his little boy can't keep his food down and his little girl takes her teddy everywhere. Poor kids.

Greg's sister there isn't coping very well either, sleeping in alternating shifts with her husband and making him wear a visibility vest outside. Another relative's cats are dealing with things in their own way too: one won't go outside and the other won't come in. The frequent aftershocks aren't helping at all, but they're getting weaker.