[Ads-l] body = 'human being as a complete person'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 1 19:35:54 UTC 2015


Not quite the same - because for Burns (I assume) it was a familiar idiom.
It just meant "person," without implying that some special aspect of
personhood was being emphasized.

For the opposite, cf. 20th C. " warm body" = 'person as interchangeable and
nondescript.'

JL



On Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Robin Hamilton <
robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com> wrote:

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> "Gin a body meet a body / Coming through the rye ..." -- R. Burns.
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> Dec. 24, 2014:
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> "Every 28 hours a Black body is slain by a cop, security or vigilante.
> EVERY 28 FUCKING HOURS. This is what genocide looks like."
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> A Minnesota spokesman for #Blacklivesmatter has repeated this phrase
> several times on CNN, though leaving out "security or vigilante."
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> Traditionally a person has been considered as more than a mere body, but
> maybe that's changing.
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> JL
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