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    Question usage of cascade

    Mr Cameron would be Britain’s poshest prime minister since Alec Douglas-Home in the early 1960s. Money and Tory politics cascade through his family: perhaps the idyllic setting of his childhood helps to explain his avowed environmentalism. His wife is a descendant of Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn. Several of his top men are equally privileged: he, Mr Osborne and Mayor Johnson, the three most prominent Tories in the land, were all members of the Bullingdon Club, an infamously elitist and rowdy Oxford dining club. (A photo of Mr Cameron and his clubmates in waistcoat and tails has mysteriously dropped out of circulation.)
    Hi. I understand the sentence which I hightlighted as above, but I am not familar with that expression.

    Can I say destitution/ misery/happiness cascade through him? Would it sound unnatural? Thanks!
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    Re: usage of cascade

    Dear Daffodils:

    I have never heard cascade used quite this way. As you know, a cascade is a waterfall, especially one that descends through a series of small pools. Therefore, to say that Money and Tory politics cascade through his family implies, to me anyway, that they have been prevalent and come down through generation after generation.
    The use of cascade in your example causes me to pause a moment to fix the image in my mind. So, if you were use it to say
    'destitution/ misery/happiness cascade through him', it would sound unusual to me. I think to use this word figuratively, you would need to be certain that you want to create the image of the emotion falling in abundance in a continuous stream, moving from pool to pool.

    Petra

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    Re: usage of cascade

    Dear Petra,

    Thank you very much for your help. I've understood.

    Best regards,

    TD

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