Words for wounds

August 19, 2008

Highest-rate adjective use in a nurses’ meeting discussing wound irrigation: horrific, horrible, ugly, disgusting, hopeless, ghastly, horrifying, grisly, necrotic, foul.

‘To rationalize horror is to tolerate it,’ says John Clute – something the nurses at the meeting were emphatically not doing. Clute has also theorised the first of the four main parts of Horror’s ‘narrative grammar’ as ‘Sighting: Some small sour lesion in the world is suddenly visible, even in daylight.’

Not unlike a surgical wound. Or, at least, not unlike certain surgical wounds as perceived by one particular group of hospital nurses.

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