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    #1

    rubble = fragments

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the term in bold in the following excerpt from an NYT’s aricle?

    “When my thoughts turn to wreckage, and there’s a lot of it about these days, I tend to think of Germany’s “Stunde null,” or zero hour, the moment in 1945 when a once powerful nation faced its utter moral and material bankruptcy, the rubble of its collective suicide.“

    rubble (n) = rough stones of irregular shapes and sizes; used in rough, uncoursed work in the construction of walls, foundations, and paving.

    rubble = (figuratively) fragments

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    #2

    Re: rubble = fragments

    I'd say so; it's more figurative than literal to me.

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    #3

    Re: rubble = fragments

    "Rubble" is also the term used when a buildding is destroyed totally as in a hurricane or a bomb hitting it. So yes, rubble could be used in that sentence.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: rubble = fragments

    Also:

    debris
    ruins
    wreckage


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