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    What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Hi,

    You know you call someone who sets fire to buildings, wildland areas and vehicles, an arsonist. What would you call someone who creates flood in buildings, wildland areas, etc?

    Flooder doesn't seem like a word.

    Also can you call arsonist firestarter if it wasn't a crime?


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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    How do you create a flood in a wild area? I have never heard of anyone deliberately doing such a thing.

    "Flooder" would be the word if you really needed one.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    We don't have a word like flooder, presumably because while it is easy to cause a fire, it is much more difficult to create a flood.

    An arsonist is indisputably a firestarter. Whether or not that action constitutes a crime is a legal matter, not relevant to the meaning of the word.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Arson is, by definition, a crime.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Thanks guys, why don't they just say firestarter though? Especially arson is not very clear if you don't know the word, but most non-native speakers would understand firestarter IMO.

    As for how to create a flood in a wild area, I was thinking, you could damage a dam nearby if it's present :) Kind of like in the movie Evan Almighty where the dam breaks and causes a flood.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Quote Originally Posted by lachdanan View Post
    Thanks guys, why don't they just say firestarter though?
    Because the word is 'arsonist'.
    Especially as arson is not very clear if you don't know the word, but most non-native speakers would understand firestarter IMO.
    I'm afraid we don't think of non-native speakers when we speak our own language.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Actually you are right. Then my question is where would you use firestarter instead of arsonist or are both acceptable? Because to me not being a native speaker, firestarter sounds like it's not illegal but arsonist is.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    We do not normally use 'firestarter' for people who start fires.

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    Re: What would you call someone who creates flood?

    Thanks 5jj. If anyone has more opinions, please feel free.

    Btw I thanked everyone but the forum seems to keep erasing them just so you know :)

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