[Ads-l] triage

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Fri Nov 7 20:31:13 UTC 2014


My brother's extension of "triage" to non-medical cases, preserving its 
sense of prioritization: 
http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2006/10/trick-or-triage.html

Neal

On 11/7/2014 11:49 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
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> 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.
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> On Nov 7, 2014, at 9:31 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>> I've just rewatched the scene in question.
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>> Wahlberg indeed has three wounds in his leg. But none of them look =
> life
>> threatening, so no ordinary sense of "triage" enters into it.
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>> 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.
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>> So I stick with my original interpretation.
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>> Of course, since it's a movie review, the word could merely be =
> hyperbolic
>> humor.
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>> JL
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>> 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':
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>>>> "Marcus removes one of the bullets he's taken by performing DIY =3D
>>> 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 =
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>>> you're
>>>> thinking.)
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>>> Looks like it applies to deciding which of several bullets should be =
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>>> prioritized for removal.  This does actually fit the relevant OED =
> gloss:
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>>> 2. a. The assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses in =
> =3D
>>> order to decide the order or suitability of treatment.=3D20
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>>> Nothing there about who has to bear the wounds in question.  =
> Presumably =3D
>>> one can even triage one's mosquito bites, figuring out which one to =3D=
>>> scratch=3D85er, treat first.
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>>> LH
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>>>> On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> =
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Dr. Neal Whitman
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