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Howdy. We've moved from Cayce, but St. Elizabeth of South Rose Hill or Lizette de Waccamaw de Sud just don't do it for me.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Word Choices

Or, when to use "naked" and when to use "nude."

From local news:

Authorities investigating after bodies of naked couple found in Columbia

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) - Columbia police are investigating the deaths of a young couple found naked on a city street after apparently falling four stories from a rooftop.

Naked (or is that nekkid?)

Columbia Police Sergeant Florence McCants says the man and woman were in their early 20s.

Shortly after 5am Wednesday, authorities say a taxi driver found the two nude bodies on Laurel Street between Gadsden and Assembly streets in downtown Columbia.


Chief Dean Crisp said it appears the people fell from the roof of 1812 Lincoln Street. The roof is pyramid-shaped metal, likely slick on a damp morning.

The two were alive when found but were pronounced dead after being taken to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

McCants says the preliminary investigation appears to show the couple died accidentally. She says there were no indications of foul play.

Clothing was discovered on the roof, about 50 feet above the street.

Unclothed (implied)
And that leads authorities to suspect the man and woman may have been having sex.

Ya think?
The incident happened near the Old Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Columbia near Finlay Park.

The names of the victims have not been released.

An eyewitness account was given to police by a homeless couple sleeping in the garage last night. We'll tell you what they saw and what they heard tonight at 6:00pm on WIS News 10.

Yep, we'll let you know ... having missed the newscast (just had a 55 min meeting with director)I don't know which term the couple or reporter used.

BTW: This death is a tragic accident and I am in no way belittling the suffering of these families. What a terrible way to be remembered... However, I just find the coverage of (even the need to cover) the story to be very interesting and reflect something maybe not so good about our town.


Heather said...

Somehow I feel like speculating what the couple was up to is out of bounds, especially considering they've passed on. As someone who will soon be joining the communication forces, I hope for a change in the media that starts to turn away from sensationalism. But I'm not holding my breath.

UltraCrepidarian said...

The only solution is to deny the Media their audience.

Who says we need media? All we've got is a set of people dedicated to being Watchdogs, over whom we've got no Watchdogs. So why bother?