I haven't heard that one for a while.
But in a TV documentary, the narrator said (from a text supposedly written by a wordsmith):
"...rained for a week...homes on the river bank were swept away in the torrent...no one died in the flood, but the carnage went on for days."
Are people parrots? Hear a word, have a vague idea from the context what it means, and use it because it's journalistically 'dramatic'? Do we know what we are saying anymore?
Last edited by David L.; 07-Jul-2009 at 14:38.
Searching for language :
Would you like to describe the 'Blutbad', the 'Gemetzel' that you are referring to?
(Forgive me, but is this also an example of gaining an 'impression' of what is being said, and ...)
Last edited by David L.; 07-Jul-2009 at 15:09.
Most of the farm animals except the ducks were killed either instantly with the buildings coming down around and on top of them, and many were trapped in the buildings' wreckage.
I'm not sure that the millions of soidiers killed in WW1 and WW2, and all the other soldiers killed in all the battles of history - "carnage" - would equate the manner of their deaths with the loss of farm animals...even if it included ducks.
Seems we don't agree on the meaning of 'Gemetzel".
Last edited by David L.; 07-Jul-2009 at 16:24.