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    to say 'kill'

    Dear teachers,
    I was watching a film. In the film the wife said to her husband ' Father was k, i, l, l, e, d in a car accident'. Is this the polite or idiomatic way native speakers say the word 'kill' when the person they loved was killed?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: to say 'kill'

    They may have been talking in front of a child, who has not yet learned how to spell. This way thay can say things which they understand but will not upset the child.

    I often have to say I'm going (spell) o. u. t. so that the dog doesn't start getting excited as he knows the word 'out'


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    Re: to say 'kill'

    How long before the dog begins to spell?

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    Re: to say 'kill'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    How long before the dog begins to spell?
    Yes, that could be a problem, he's trying to speak as it is

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    Re: to say 'kill'

    Dear curmudgeon,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    They may have been talking in front of a child, who has not yet learned how to spell. This way thay can say things which they understand but will not upset the child.

    I often have to say I'm going (spell) o. u. t. so that the dog doesn't start getting excited as he knows the word 'out'

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    Re: to say 'kill'

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear curmudgeon,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    And you Jiang. Football on Sunday

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    #7

    Re: to say 'kill'

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    How long before the dog begins to spell?
    I had to spell "walk" in front of my dog, because he'd come unglued at the mere mention of the word. However, after a time, he got wise to W-A-L-K, too, so I had to change to "ambulate."

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