The word ‘gore’ and its sad American West origins

J'Nell-Pate-mugCommon words in the language sometimes begin with a person-story.

For example, an architect, Antoni Gaudi, designed a church in Barcelona, still unfinished, with so many frills and additions that the word “gaudy” entered the language.  The word means “bright and showy, but lacking in good taste,” and “that which is offensive to good tastes.”

How about a word that most likely has Western origins, the word “gore,” meaning “blood shed from a wound,” “graphic violence visually depicted, especially the realistic sight of serious physical injuries involving blood, flesh, bone and internal organs.”


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