[DWJ] Naming a cat AND Where are we from?
mark at allums.com
Wed Apr 18 21:54:51 EDT 2007
> Euthanise is euphemism. "Kill" is the word we need here. (Even if the
> verb existed, which I'm not sure it does, it's just an attempt to avoid
> using nasty words like kill. In any case, "euthanasia" means "humane
> killing". What, me, a pedant? Never!)
You are correct; "euthanise" is not a word. At least, my spell-checker
doesn't like it. However, it is a coined term which will likely be
added to dictionaries soon enough, as it is in common usage. It is not
a euphemism. It has a precise meaning: To kindly kill, the killing
being in the best interest of that which is being killed. 
I would gladly be a pedant, if it weren't for the fact that I routinely
abuse the language, connecting clauses with commas being my chief
offense. I enjoy a good run-on sentence, and can serial-comma with the
best of them.
--Mark A., hoping to go back to lurking soon (or more properly, skulking
 Ask me about the word "gender". No, not really, don't. But
consider also the word "sex", and ponder.
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