Post by Peter Duncanson [BrE]
On Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:27:26 +0000, "Peter Duncanson [BrE]"
Post by Peter Duncanson [BrE]
On Fri, 19 Mar 2021 18:16:06 +1100, Peter Moylan
Post by Peter Moylan Post by Snidely
On Tuesday or thereabouts, Peter Moylan asked ...
Post by Peter Moylan Post by occam
By using 'migrate' you not only lose the human element, you also
lose the directionality of the process. As an engineer, surely
you wouldn't want to abandon vector information in favour of
The direction is usually obvious from the context, or in some cases
(as here) given explicitly. We can always add the em- or im- if
it's needed to avoid an ambiguity, but mostly that extra
information is redundant.
I generally consider "migration" to be temporary; im/em -migration is
My newspaper this morning had an article from Austin, Texas, where
"Eight migrants in Mr Tovar's ute died". The driver was charged with
"transporting illegal aliens resulting in death".
The use of the word "ute" suggested that someone had translated the
article into Australian. The original probably had "pickup" and
This report from AP uses "pickup truck".
The passengers in the truck, some of whom died, are described variously
as "migrants", "undocumented migrants" and "undocumented immigrants".
This report uses "undocumented immigrants".
The image in that second report appears to be wrong. I doesn't match the
description of the vehicles in the report.
I suspect that this is further into the cleanup phase, though you MAY be
right that they're just using a stock photo of "guy busted for running
migrants--who by the way actually might BE migrant workers in the AmE
sense rather than trying to settle themselves here permanently".
That's neither common nor uncommon, and seems to be preferred for a web
article than leaving the page entirely unillustrated. I take no stance
on doing so; while it CAN mislead, it also has a chance to keep eyes
whose owners might find a text-only article offputting.
As for WHY there might not be a photo available, a maroon Ram (and I
swear it will take two decades to get me to stop thinking of that as a
Dodge), wrecked after repeated rollovers during a high-speed chase, may
be the sort of photo that compassionate editors either order not to be
taken, or at the least, that if a photographer turns in that shot, the
picture might get spiked rather than printed.
I'd have /preferred/ that the publisher make clearer that this wasn't
the actual crime scene, but I can understand their thinking.
1/2 anthrocat, nearly 1/2 anthrofox, all magical
Transgoddess, quick to anger.
Call me Chrysi or call me Kat, I'll respond to either!
My subject pronoun is ALWAYS "she", my object pronoun is always "her",
and my possessives are her/hers. There were no pronouns here for 17
years because people used to assume that preference based on "goddess".
Use "they/them" and I'll grudingly tolerate it. Do NOT use "sie" unless
you're talking about me in German and don't use "ze" under any
circumstances. Misgender me instead and you'll wish you were dead.