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#24161 - 03/22/01 03:24 PM Epidemic?  

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A friend of mine brought up an excellent point today about the news media's refusal
to call the foot-and-mouth outbreak an "epizootic," preferring instead to misuse "epidemic?"

thoughts? is this only an US'n reporting error?




#24162 - 03/22/01 05:58 PM Re: Epidemic?  
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My thoughts on the matter are limited to the following:

1. I am very grateful to you for having exposed me to this great word, bordering on the onomatopoetic.
2. The US media probably don't know no better, and expect the US'n public to be just as ignorant (as I was just moments ago).
3. I heard a third thought, but have forgotten it.

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3. I heard a third thought, but have forgotten it.

I couldn't fail to disagree with you less, Hyla.


#24164 - 03/22/01 07:01 PM Re: Epidemic?  
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. The US media probably don't know no better, and expect the US'n public to be just as ignorant (as I was just moments ago).

It ain't just US'ns wot haven't herd of no epizootic. For me, it's a candidate for tsuwm's "risible" thread, I can't take it seriously, it sounds funny.


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For y'all that subscribe to tsuwm's exotic word service, do check out today's issue.

And kudosissimo to bridget96, for contributing a word that was so quickly grabbed up by our resident verbiphage.


#24166 - 03/22/01 07:08 PM Re: Epidemic?  

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thanks for the kudos, but it's due instead to my friend Duncan.

i did forward the wwftd to him, hoping it'll finally inspire his membership at AWADtalk. i think he'd love it here.


#24167 - 03/22/01 07:28 PM Re: Epidemic?  
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3. I heard a third thought, but have forgotten it.

I couldn't fail to disagree with you less, Hyla.

Thank you very little, estimado Sr. Faldaje (I think).


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It is simply stupid to call the infection of many animals an "epidemic". The proper word is indeed "epizootic". Some people just don't know the difference between "people" and "animals". Just as stupid, I have seen slaughtering animals because of disease called "depopulating".
Hell, I learned the word "epizootic" from reading the Uncle Wiggly stories when I was five years old.


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It is simply stupid to call the infection of many animals an "epidemic".

at the risk of sounding philopolemic, (or - worse - to bring on another onslaught of pythonisms) i'd say that them's fightin' words, dear bill, considering the posts that came above!


#24170 - 03/22/01 09:14 PM Uncle Wiggly  
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How many of us remember the Uncle Wiggly stories, from which I learned the word "epizootic" over seventy five years ago? How many can remember the three villains, and what they were trying to get from Uncle Wiggly?


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