Don’t Say More than It Is

In 1858 a patron of my relative’s bar was killed in an altercation with a tenant who lived in an apartment next door. For years, I referred to the incident as a “murder.” The reference to the incident was inaccurate.  I should have referred to it as a “killing,” a “shooting,” or something similar.

Are you using the right word when referring to something?

Are you using a word that may be conveying a message that’s not entirely accurate?

And I actually need to review what charges were brought up against the shooter. Just because a newspaper called it murder does not mean that a court did.

 

3 thoughts on “Don’t Say More than It Is

  1. beth

    my Grandfather was murdered, but the papers & courts say he was killed. The difference was the the person who “killed” my Grandfather was the son of a big man in town and no one would admit he publicly that he would commit murder, but we have eye-witness accounts that tells us how he deliberately murdered him and why,

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  2. Rebecca Johnson

    Excellent point. One of my 6th cousins invested quite some time and frustration searching for court records to prove the actual circumstances and charges in a historical situation.

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