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 Post subject: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 7:50 am 
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Stories about the execution of hostages repeatedly refer to them as "beheadings." It feels like an overload.<p>If they were being executed by firing squad or hanging or some other method, the stories might be more likely to refer to them as "killings" or 'executions."<p>What say we lighten up on the use of "beheading?" We can give the method used, but do we really have to use the B-word over and over and over?


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:54 am 
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I'm sure the administration would like it if we didn't use the word so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 10:45 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by jjmoney62:
I'm sure the administration would like it if we didn't use the word so much.<hr></blockquote>I doubt it. It's a "shock and awe" word likely to stir support for The War On Terror. <p>But when it happens here, "beheaded" doesn't appear until the 14th graf: One account of 3 killings, but no motive (Baltimore Sun)


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:26 pm 
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I think you made my point better than I did, Oed...


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:38 pm 
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New York Post hed on Monday:<p>ANOTHER BEHEADING LOOMS


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 8:45 pm 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Bumfketeer:
New York Post hed on Monday:<p>ANOTHER BEHEADING LOOMS<hr></blockquote><p>That's so New York Post. (Weird mental image, isn't it, a looming beheading.)
That aside, I don't have a problem with "beheading," although I certainly understand the urge to groan upon seeing the word for the godzillionth time. I prefer "beheading" to "decapitation," which to me sounds way too antiseptic and civilized, or the description of the act, "head cut off" or somesuch.


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 Post subject: Re: Beheading
PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 9:43 am 
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<blockquote><font size="1" face="TImes, TimesNR, serif">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by slummingreporter:
For what it's worth . . . . . <hr></blockquote><p>Exactly.


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