Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 14 00:17:04 UTC 2010


Doesn't sense 2.c. in OED correspond to the meaning you are referring to?

Fred Shapiro

From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Jonathan Lighter [wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:18 PM
Subject: "casualty"

OED does not recognize the usage, very misleading and to be deplored on that
basis, that equates "casualty" with "person killed."

Here is a perfect example. Canetti quotes Albert Speer, who was quoting
Hitler from memory.  I don't know the denotation of the translated German
word, but English is English:

1979 Elias Canetti _The Conscience of Words_ (N.Y.: Seabury Press) 153: That
will at least be a worthy monument to our dead in the World War. The name of
every one of our 1,800,000 casualties will be carved in granite!

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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