Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Let's bury this one

I've written about the difference between inter and intern before, but this morning I received an obituary that mentioned where the deceased's ashes would be "interned."

Nope. To inter is to bury. To intern is to confine someone to a specific location, such as a camp, usually during a time of war. So an interment is a burial and an internment is a type of imprisonment.

While I suppose we could argue that someone who's dead is imprisoned in an urn, let's not.

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