Philip E. Cleary philipcleary at RCN.COM
Sat Feb 9 04:36:51 UTC 2008

"There are amazing abandonments in America but the former Soviet Union
has some of the most interesting, unique and strange abandoned
buildings. The complex political, military and social history of the
country has led to everything from almost-finished buildings abandoned
before actual use and entire abandoned cities to chilling gulags in
which tens of millions of prisoners met their end."


Has "abandonment" picked up a new meaning? I'd guess that the usage is
influenced by - or is a deliberate play on - "monument."

Phil Cleary

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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