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  •  The word dates to well before the events of WW11.. (11+ / 0-)

    and does not belong exclusively to it...

    1200–50; Middle English  < Late Latin holocaustum  (Vulgate) < Greek holókauston  (Septuagint), neuter of holókaustos  burnt whole. See holo-, caustic


    [hol-uh-kawst, hoh-luh-] Show IPA
    1. a great or complete devastation or destruction, especially by fire.
    2. a sacrifice completely consumed by fire; burnt offering.
    3.  ( usually initial capital letter  ) the systematic mass slaughter of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II (usually preceded by the  ).
    4. any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.

    If the hunting of the wolves was reckless, then the diarist is within his/her rights to use the word. But I'm not a landholder near Yellowstone so I can't judge.

    BTW 'mass murders' when referring to animals being slaughtered would be more degrading to the memory of the victims of The Holocaust, than the diarist's usage (in the plural).

    So, there you go. A self-fulfilling prediction...


    'If you want to be a hero, well just follow me.' - J. Lennon

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:02:59 PM PST

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