Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jul 21 23:01:27 UTC 2002

Sorry, what I should have said is that the meaning seems to have
changed as to whether it necessarily means hanging...

Benjamin Barrett
Tukwila, WA
Gambling, gamboling and more at the Riverside Inn in Tukwila!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> Lynch (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lynched (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
> Lynching.] [See Note under Lynch law.] To inflict punishment upon,
> especially death, without the forms of law, as when a mob captures
> and hangs a suspected person. See Lynch law.
> Since the first meaning is being used today, perhaps this word has
> widened and narrowed in scope over the years, or its
> actual range of
> meaning gone unnoticed for several decades. My American Heritage
> third edition does not include the wider scope.
> How about newer dictionaries?

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