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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Devastated: a rant.

Are you devastated?

I mean, has the coffee shop run out of vanilla sprinkles?

Have your pansies turned out to be the wrong shade of mauve?

Have you broken the point of your pencil?

I ask because of a headline I spotted in the Telegraph newspaper a few weeks ago:

Pokemon Go fans devastated after game update resets their progress back to level one,

it said.

Well, naturally my heart bled for them.

But, heavens above, however will they feel if their rabbit dies?

Word To Consider Today: devastate. This word means to let waste or make desolate, to destroy, to overwhelm with grief or shock. It comes from the Latin dēvastāre, from vestāre, to ravage, which is related to vastus, which means waste, or empty. 

Real devastation

This was caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, The Philippines. Photo DFID - UK Department for International Development

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