The Fog Of Semantics



Bulldoze ranforests
Slaughter a lamb
Swat a fly
Targets terminate

Thin a herd
Hunt a bear
Harvest a deer
Wasp nests exterminate

Pacify a village
Drone 'terrorist' camps
Weed a garden
Mice eliminate

Mow a lawn
'Cropdust' a field
Fell a tree
'Invasive species' eradicate.

Execute a prisoner
'Control burn' a meadow
Scotch a dandelion
 leaders assassinate.

Club a seal
Butcher a pig
Boil a living lobster.
Locusts decimate.

Harpoon a whale
A butterfly impale
Vivisect a rat
A fish asphyxiate.

Stone an alleged adulterer
Puppies drown
Cows down
Gay men decapitate.

Starve a population
Strangle a goose
Dartgun a manta ray
Ants annihilate

Electroshock an inmate.
Rendition an 'enemy'
Zap a dragonfly
By vaccination obliterate.

Nuke Japan
Snuff the kittens
Polycidally bomb Afghanistan
A population liquidate.

Elephants they poach

Squash a roach.
Masking words for breaking
commandments not to kill..
Blowing semantic fogs...
the war propagandist's skill.


Author notes

We all know the atrocities of Hitler.

Jesse Ventura: Thou Shalt Not Kill is not asterisked with exceptions.

The US Dept of Agriculture and Dept of Interior often set 'control burns' which when the wind turns direction kill even more humans animals and plnats than intended.

Here are some synonyms for 'kill': abort, ambush, annihilate, arson, bane, bloodlet, bloodshed, blot out, blue-pencil, bottle up, brain, bump off, burn, carry off, chloroform, choke, consume, cork, coup de grace, crucify, crush, cut down, cut short, damp down, deaden, defeat, delete, denouement, deprive of life, destroy, devastate, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, do in, do to death, down drop the curtain, drown, electrocute, end, erase, euthanize, expunge, expurgate, extinguish, finalize, finish, finish off, game, get rid of, gill, give the quietus, hit, hurt, ice, immolate, kibosh, knife, knock off, KO, lapidate, make away with, martyr, massacre, mercy kill, murder, nail, neutralize, nip, nullify, occupy, poison, polish off, prey, purge, put down, put to death, put to sleep, quash, quell, quench, ravage, ritual killing, rub out, sacrifice, scrag, shoot, silence, slay, smash, smother, snuff out, squash, squelch, starve, stifle, still, strangle, strike, strike out, subdue, suffocate, suppress, switch off, take life, torture, turn off, venery, void, waterboard, waste, wipe out

This is dedicated to Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and other voices of governmental and personal nonviolence

Picture source: http: // shalt_not_kill_no_exception_380x209.gif


Because crows as well as human beings

eat corn, someone many years ago

unfairly assigned the term 'murder of crows'

to their flocks.  God designed that all creatures,

not just humans, have enough to eat.


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allets's picture

Okay, We Are Killers

I tend the draw the semantics line at people. ~S~



saiom's picture

  Some call that human


Some call that human chauvinism


Animals are called property in many laws. That is the objectification of sentient beings


The question is not can they speak but can they suffer   -Jeremy Bentham-



allets's picture

No, We Are Murders

We kill plants, animals, people, and the earth. How do we do it? With great horror and terror.  I ate slaughtered lamb last week and decapitated cow this week. Fact: usa economy runs best when the people are at war - nearly two decades in Afghanistan. Nothing moves money faster. Korea is next - they have delivery system, per pentagon. People are starving in usa. Sad.