[Ads-l] triage

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 6 19:49:31 UTC 2014


On Nov 6, 2014, at 12:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> 'Emergency medical attention':
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> "Marcus removes one of the bullets he's taken by performing DIY triage."
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> http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/25/lone-survivor/
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> On himself. (Nobody else around for him to "triage," if that's what you're
> thinking.)

Looks like it applies to deciding which of several bullets should be prioritized for removal.  This does actually fit the relevant OED gloss:

2. a. The assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses in order to decide the order or suitability of treatment. 

Nothing there about who has to bear the wounds in question.  Presumably one can even triage one's mosquito bites, figuring out which one to scratch…er, treat first.

LH
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