[Ads-l] triage

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 7 16:49:02 UTC 2014


Well, this Thanksgiving I'll try announcing that I'm going into the kitchen to triage the pots and pans and see if anyone blinks.

LH 

On Nov 7, 2014, at 9:31 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> I've just rewatched the scene in question.
> 
> Wahlberg indeed has three wounds in his leg. But none of them look life
> threatening, so no ordinary sense of "triage" enters into it.
> 
> In fact, he starts at what could be the least serious wound, and winds up
> removing what looks like a long, jagged bone fragment from the wound in his
> thigh.
> 
> So I stick with my original interpretation.
> 
> Of course, since it's a movie review, the word could merely be hyperbolic
> humor.
> 
> 
> JL
> 
> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>> On Nov 6, 2014, at 12:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>>> 'Emergency medical attention':
>>> =20
>>> "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.=20
>> 
>> 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=85er, treat first.
>> 
>> LH
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