Genocide
Posted: 31 August 2014 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]
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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.

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Posted: 31 August 2014 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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"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.

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Posted: 01 September 2014 05:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Are you referring to the fact that γένος is not a root but a word?

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Posted: 01 September 2014 07:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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No, “one of those rare words for which we know who coined it”. Surely shome mishtake, as Private Eye used to say.

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Posted: 01 September 2014 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’ve fixed both. I knew the sentence was awkward when I wrote it.

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