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
"Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many
ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." --
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