April 25th, 2006


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2006/04/25 11:48:00 - Pol Pot Pole Poll

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userinfo enismirdal
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2006/04/25 11:48:24
Surely, "The Khmer Rouge impaled my grandfather's head on a pole, you insensitive clod!"?
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:10:38
You can't impale something on a pole!
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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:16:42
Don't see why not. After you've removed their heart with a spoon, perhaps.
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:35:50
Because a pole has a blunt end, and the act of impaling requires a spike. From OED:

4. a. To thrust a pointed stake through the body of, as a form of torture or capital punishment; to fix upon a stake thrust up through the body.
b. transf. To transfix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed; fig. to torment or render helpless as if transfixed.


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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:48:15
It could be a sharpened pole (as indeed some dictionaries acknowledge). & outside the confines of dictionaries I've met uses which certainly didn't involve actually sharp objects.
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:55:25
A sharpened pole is a pole no longer.

1. a. In early use, A stake, without reference to length or thickness; now, a long, slender, and more or less cylindrical and tapering piece of wood (rarely metal), as the straight stem of a slender tree stripped of its branches; used as a support for a tent, hops or other climbing plants, telegraph or telephone wires, etc., for scaffolding, and for other purposes. (See also 2.)

If you sharpen it it becomes a stake, spike, or spear.
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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:59:51 - A sharpened pole is a pole no longer.

Rubbish.

Sharpen a telephone pole, and see how many people you can persuade it's not a pole any more, for instance.


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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 15:32:08
Unless it's from Poland, of course.
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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2006/04/25 15:01:01
The OED has never seen Shawn of the Dead
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userinfo enismirdal
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2006/04/26 23:46:20
Perhaps you should have told the Khmer Rouge that before they tried it with my grandfather... ;)
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