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pathetic fallacy

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:11 pm
by magi
pathetic fallacy

The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:20 pm
by tcward
I wonder if "killer tornado" applies...?


Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 2:39 pm
by magi
I would think so...

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:05 pm
by Brazilian dude
It sounds as though it is the same thing as personification, then.

Brazilian dude

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:06 pm
by Flaminius
It sounds more like a miserable failture.

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 11:40 am
by Bailey
Very like anthropomorphism only with inanimate, (if you can call a tornado inanimate) objects


Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:04 pm
by gailr
I grew up in tornado alley but we never called them killer tornadoes. (Not even after that interesting evening when we were one of the few families left in the neighborhood with a roof still attached to four walls, but I digress...)

I think that to get the full flavor of a "pathetic fallacy" the example should be either pathetic or fallacious, if not both. Something more along the lines of Killer Tomatoes.


Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:02 pm
by Perry
You continue to blow us away!