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Thread #84262   Message #1558472
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
07-Sep-05 - 10:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
GUEST,DB told us:

'Collateral damage' - a noxious term meaning the wanton or negligent slaughter of innocent civilians.

That is indeed a misuse of words. "Collateral damage" is a technical term, and refers to unintended damage to neighboring infrastructure. It is NOT intended to refer to harm to human beings, although careless speakers and writers sometimes use it that way.

Dave Oesterreich