top radio personalities in Boston?Talk hosts from the 70s:JerryWilliams, Paul Benzaquin,
Tue Dec 29 15:25:01 EST 2009
It seems to me that, even before the word holocaust became reserved
for the Nazi horrors of Word War II, it was usually applied to a
special type of conflagration--one that occurred in nature (a forest
fire, for example) as opposed to an inferno, which I think might have
been the word of choice for such purposely set blazes as those used in
metal fabrication (steel mills, for example). However, maybe I am
imagining the distinction.
If I am correct, though, holocaust was not the best word to describe
the Holocaust, since there was nothing natural about the Holocaust.
Dan Strassberg (email@example.com)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard Glazer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "A. Joseph Ross" <email@example.com>; "Donna Halper"
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: top radio personalities in Boston?Talk hosts from the
70s:JerryWilliams, Paul Benzaquin,
> Joseph A. Ross wrote:
>> On 28 Dec 2009 at 13:09, Donna Halper wrote:
>> > And as I like to point out to my students, that book shows how
>> > the
>> > language has changed. When he wrote it in the mid 1950s, the
>> > first
>> > edition was called "Holocaust"-- I have a copy of it, and back
>> > then,
>> > the word still referred mainly to a raging fire, rather than its
>> > later
>> > meaning of what the Nazis did during World War 2.
>> Wow! I didn't even =know= that the word "holocaust" originally
> The deadly fire at that Rhode Island club a few years ago would have
> called a "holocaust" in news coverage if it had happened 50 or 60
> years ago.
> I don't think anyone called it that when it happened or call it that
> "Inferno" and "conflagration" seem to be the operative synonyms now.
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