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Sunday. 9.9.07 3:19 pm
So the Episcopal Youth group in Littleton, CO sent the VT Episcopal group cards after what happened in April.

I was reading through them, because I figured it'd be nice to not have had the letters come in vain.

One thing I noticed, though, was that several said "when Columbine happened"... I thought Columbine was a place, not an event.

I'm not saying that to pick on the youth group, it's a very nice gesture of them to send cards after Shit Happened in April, especially since they were in the same boat a few years ago. I've just noticed overall, a tendency to assign somewhat meaningless names to events: 9-11/nine-eleven/nine one one/9[building-building]/September 11; Columbine; April/Va Tech/Tragedy.

Yeah, it's really shitty that these things happen. I guess in context, it's obvious what the person is referring to, and thusly the names aren't "meaningless". At the same time, September 11 happens every year. Columbine and Va Tech are schools. There are plenty of tragedies that occur every day.

Perhaps it happens more often than I notice where people actually say "the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, 2001" or "the shootings at Columbine High School/Va Tech" or, as Wikipedia does it, "Virginia Tech massacre" and "Columbine High School massacre". They say "Sept 11 attacks", but there could be any number of attacks on Sept 11.

Again, most of the time these events are mentioned, it's somewhat obvious what happened... but even still... is it possible to take the time to actually say what happened, as opposed to giving the even an almost arbitrary name?

Yeah, I refer to the VT shootings as "The Day Shit Went Down" amongst my friends. That's because when it happened, the general consensus among us was "Shit Went Down." That doesn't happen around here too often. If I were talking to someone else that had no real contacts with the school, I'd go as far as to say "The VT Shootings" or something.

It's like people don't want to say things. Sheesh.
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You're in the episcopal group?
» Dilated on 2007-09-09 04:37:22

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» Dilated on 2007-09-09 05:15:00

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» Dilated on 2007-09-09 05:49:52

well words are pretty powerful and its said that what is not named does not exist in your mind, so maybe trying to avoid the actual action, they can think is less shocking or less tragic
» alexxasick on 2007-09-09 07:07:43

questions in email
So even if I have five questions at one time? I mean it does seem to be more efficient but it seems extremely cumbersome. Oh and I just noticed you have that little icon thing next to the web address. Well it does seem like it would work especially since the person wouldn't have an excuse for not answering. He could just reply to each email. Ok I'll try it next time.

Yeah I agree with what you're saying. I guess it's just that it is easy to assume that when one talks about September 11 everyone knows what's being talked about. In a way I'm glad because I don't think I'd like there to be multiple september 11 attacks year after year so we'll end up giving each attack a number like the September 11 attack-1 or September 11 attack-2 or so.

In a way I guess people are just too lazy to say things properly. It's like when people abbreviate words, phrases, and sentences-- omglolwtfjk or something.

I was going to say something else but I forgot. I have to go to costco. When I get back and if I remember I'll try to put it here.
» Ajibalaji89 on 2007-09-09 07:33:06

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