'Words matter', as BBC political presenters keep telling us.
BBC News has just reported a "collision" between a powerful motor-cycle outrider of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge hastening to Windsor and an 80-year old female who is now in a serious if stable condition. This recalls our local police's description of a similar "collision" on Hornsey High Road between a 54-year old female and a van some time ago. The colliding lady sadly died, though we have had no report on the condition of the van.
Could middle-aged and elderly females please desist from colliding with motorised vehicles going about their lawful concerns?
My guess is that they've been told to avoid saying "accident". Collision is marginally better, though I agree, the 80-yr old woman didn't do much colliding herself.
I've just rediscovered this wandering discussion - which, since it really means 'a striking asunder' or 'a shattering', should perhaps be a 'concussion'. Thank you all for this veritable collision of infelicities.