FW: 'Hot seat" definition is wrong (Monday's Rachel Maddow Show)

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 19 18:01:20 UTC 2012

DG:<<<I would add that "hot seat" has been associated with discomfort and
questioning for over 50 years.>>>
WB: I would guess that the evolution to semantic change (loss of
association with electric chair for me & Rachel) has been abetted by
the change in capital punishment away from electrocution to lethal
injection. (I forget what some ADS-Lers called this, change in technology
but retention of terminology.)

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