Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 5 11:54:35 UTC 2013

In today's version, it's "_slain_ Civil Rights icon Emmett Till."  Usually
the phrase you hear is "slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King,"
but since Till wasn't a "leader," the only alternative in media Inglish is

It would take too long - apparently - to tell millennials-on-brain-support
just who Emmett Till  was. You know, "a young black teenager kidnaped,
beaten, and murdered by white racists in 1955."

"Civil Rights icon" is just cooler.


On Sun, May 5, 2013 at 1:42 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Sat, May 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
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> > Honestly, I don't think "martyr" or "idol" has anything to do with it.
> *Especially* not in the case cited. Victim? Yes. "Icon"?! No!
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