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Brad
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0 posted 09-20-2001 06:37 PM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

I find this term disgusting.


Poet deVine
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1 posted 09-20-2001 07:31 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

If it's in the context I think it is, I agree. (You know it could mean that you put up your computer as collateral for a loan and in the process, the computer was damaged and therefore you now have collateral damage.)
Severn
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2 posted 09-20-2001 07:37 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

It's the grossest euphemism I know of.

It's not only disgusting - it's convenient; it's reductionist.

It's wrong

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Yes! I wholeheartedly agree. Security Interest in what? Sounds like an insurance term used on a fender bender. An attempt to edit the graphic picture into something insignificant and petty. Which you're right...is more disgusting than the picture.
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It's De-humaniz(s)ing and meant to make something horrible sound less severe.

There is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar.
byron

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But it sounds so much better than 'We missed our target completely and wound up hitting a bunch of innocent bystanders instead.'

BTW -- the word Collateral here is not the same as UCC chattel to secure a loan.

But now here's a term I hate too --'Friendly Fire.'
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