A two-for-one thread:
I’ve added genocide to the Big List.
And the New York Review of Books has an article on the problems the definition of genocide is causing, a case of where the popular definition of the word clashes with a legal one.
"Genocide is one of those rare words for which we know who exactly coined it, Raphael Lemkin, who formed it from the Greek root γένος (genos, race or tribe) and -cide (killing).”
This needs revision, Dave. Excellent entry on a controversial word.
Are you referring to the fact that γένος is not a root but a word?
No, “one of those rare words for which we know who coined it”. Surely shome mishtake, as Private Eye used to say.
I’ve fixed both. I knew the sentence was awkward when I wrote it.