Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lost at Sea

It occurs to me that we don't typically use the word "lost" to describe people who die on land. A quick search of 101 Ways to Say Died turns up "Lost at Sea," "Lost on Look-Out Shoals," and "Lost His Life By a Fall From a Tree." Two are sea-related deaths and the third does not say that the person was lost, just that he lost his life. This is useful for me in thinking about the New England imagination of travel, death, and the sea.

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