- Dec 25, 2008
- Bologna, Italy
- VW Polo mkVI
The choice of words is curious and indicative of what I said earlier:Matt2000;n3553439 said:A strange one, cyclist killed by guided bus in Cambridge:
"cyclist killed by guided bus"
The newspaper said:
"A cyclist has died after being hit by a bus"
Both of you put the active role on the bus, and you went even further by saying "killed", a word that generates the idea of guilt.
Yet, we don't know what happened, so what is more correct is to say, as the Cambridge Police put it:
"a cyclist has collided with a guided bus and lost his life"
The idea that "the bus" was the active role and "the bus" ended a life, or even "killed" is something that you have acquired through endless repetition of how weak, feeble and defenseless cyclists are, exposed to the will of others and in need of constant protection.
The idea that a cyclist is always completely blameless has grown into the majority of people, but it is wrong, and we should abandon it.
By the way, this is not necessarily conscious, but the unconscious use of words tells a lot.