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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunday Rest: inhume. Word Not To Use Today.

As far as I can see the word inhume is only used of corpses.

I suppose funeral directors might imagine the word inhume to be more indirect, and therefore somehow easier for the mourners, than the word bury.

But pretending it's not really happening really helps no one at all, especially as it's a job that certainly needs doing. So, you know what? 

I think the word inhume should be very deeply buried.

Word Not To Use Today: inhume. This word comes from the Latin inhumāre, from humus, which means ground (and has nothing to do with hummus, which means chickpeas in Arabic).

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