More severe than life-threatening?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Mar 15 03:03:22 UTC 2007

This is of course a blend, from "severe injuries" + "life-threatening injuries."
Gerald Cohen


>From Joel S. Berson,  Wed 3/14/2007 9:47 PM:

Heard on Boston radio today in reference to an accident:  there were
no "severe life-threatening injuries."

There are some Google hits without an intervening comma -- such as
"severe life threatening asthma", ...

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