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Re: CHAT drinking soup: (was: Malat (on behalf of Garrett))

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, December 13, 1998, 2:09
Laurie Gerholz wrote:
> I'll admit it. I probably wouldn't use "drink" for the antifreeze. But I > still would for the hemlock tea. Maybe I do have a distinction on the > nature of the liquid too. How about this -- hemlock tea may be poison, > but it has been brewed up for the *purpose* of having someone ingest it. > But antifreeze has been concocted for a purpose completely separate from > ingestion by living creatures.
Hmmm ... perhaps it is the purpose that matters.
> But Carlos tossed in another one that I'd forgotten about: blood! After > all my reading of vampire literature, it does sound semantically correct > to "drink" blood.
That is an odd usage, to be sure. Why do vampires "drink" blood? Perhaps it's because, for a vampire, blood is a substance which is suitable for drinking, it's purpose is to be drunk, and sustain vampiric life? -- "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -- Joseph Wood Krutch ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor