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    It has been 50 years since Kennedy's assassination. This among other dates of attacks, horror, etc. Despite its definition. the term is widely associated with birthdays, weddings, and other happy events. should the word "anniversary" be used to remember tragedy?


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    Despite its definition, the term is widely associated with natural disasters, the outbreak of war and other tragic events. Should the word "anniversary" be used to remember happy events?


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    Could use calamity or disaster instead when talking about a tragedy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Could use calamity or disaster instead when talking about a tragedy.
    But what would you call the anniversary of the calamity or disaster?
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    I've seen the word "obit" or "years mind" used to refer to the anniversary of a death (benefits of a Catholic school). Not sure about more general disasters though...
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    how about a "Solar circumpherencearry", a "catastropharry" or a "tragiverssary"?

    but then if its a banal event, thats neither joyful nor tragic, it should be called a banalaversary or a trivialersery,

    but then it could be a religious event, a holyarsery, or an atheistic event thats not quite trivial but not tragic enough, in that case it should be...


    but until we invent new words that qualify a time period as sad or happy, if enough people find it odd to call it anniversary then people in the culture where it causes a problem might want to simply say remembrance or something like that.
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    How about semicentennial deceasersary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
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    Could use calamity or disaster instead when talking about a tragedy.
    But what would you call the anniversary of the calamity or disaster?
    Let us use Kennedys death. Since it was a tragedy we could say that his death was a disaster or calamity. to our nation instead of anniversary
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
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    Could use calamity or disaster instead when talking about a tragedy.
    But what would you call the anniversary of the calamity or disaster?
    Let us use Kennedys death. Since it was a tragedy we could say that his death was a disaster or calamity. to our nation instead of anniversary

    Hey Cosmic how about something uplifting and respectful where people can be inspired to remember the man and what he stood for, not just the tragic way in which he died, Perhaps simply "Kennedy Day".
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    Why does there appear to be an assumption that "anniversary" has positive connotations?

    Try forgetting one or two and you'll see why it works just find for remembering someone's death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
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    Could use calamity or disaster instead when talking about a tragedy.
    But what would you call the anniversary of the calamity or disaster?
    memorial remembrance

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    Quote Originally Posted by chero View Post
    It has been 50 years since Kennedy's assassination. This among other dates of attacks, horror, etc. Despite its definition. the term is widely associated with birthdays, weddings, and other happy events. should the word "anniversary" be used to remember tragedy?
    It's also commonly used to describe the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 etc. It just means annual rotation--without a bad or good connotation.
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    When your spouse starts to refer to your wedding anniversary as a "memorial remembrance" that might be a clue there is trouble ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chero View Post
    It has been 50 years since Kennedy's assassination. This among other dates of attacks, horror, etc. Despite its definition. the term is widely associated with birthdays, weddings, and other happy events. should the word "anniversary" be used to remember tragedy?
    It's also commonly used to describe the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 etc. It just means annual rotation--without a bad or good connotation.
    I looked at the calendar:
    "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day"
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    Quote Originally Posted by chero View Post
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    It has been 50 years since Kennedy's assassination. This among other dates of attacks, horror, etc. Despite its definition. the term is widely associated with birthdays, weddings, and other happy events. should the word "anniversary" be used to remember tragedy?
    It's also commonly used to describe the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 etc. It just means annual rotation--without a bad or good connotation.
    I looked at the calendar:
    "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day"
    Pearl Harbor was an event, the declaration of war against another country by bombing a naval base to bits.

    Comparing that to a political assassination.

    I don't think saying Kennedy Remembrance Day is the right way to commemorate the anniversary of this death. Which is exactly what anniversary means. It looks deals specifically with the years and commemorates the years since his death, just as for a birthday or wedding anniversary, it commemorates the number of years since the birth or since the couple got married. It is simply a term or manner of explanation that does not belong solely to the happy fairy dust times that are birthdays and wedding anniversary's and the like.
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    It's a phrase often used in close association with both good and bad: Here's an example of both at the same time. An anniversary of a memorial of a really really bad day.

    It could be the definition and nuance is changing as well.

    From one of the major Hawaii News Papers" "Ceremony commemorates 50th anniversary of USS Arizona Memorial
    Ceremony commemorates 50th anniversary of USS Arizona Memorial - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL


    From the National Park Service that maintains the history site:

    "To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the USS Arizona Memorial and to recognize Memorial Day 2012, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument will be hosting a number of special events. These will begin on Friday, May 25 and conclude on the evening of Monday, May 28. Please visit the National Park Service website at nps.gov/valr for more information:"
    http://www.nps.gov/valr/parknews/uss-arizona-memorial-turns-50.htm


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    It was a bad day in history for a good president and is not a reason for celebration.
    Then on another note, upon a grassy nome along the route stood a scarfed lady, a very jealous scarfed lady,named Marilen M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Pixel View Post
    upon a grassy nome
    It was in Alaska?
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    I think he meant grassy gnome...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Pixel View Post
    Then on another note, upon a grassy nome along the route stood a scarfed lady, a very jealous scarfed lady,named Marilen M.
    Marilyn Manson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Pixel View Post
    It was a bad day in history for a good president and is not a reason for celebration.
    Then on another note, upon a grassy nome along the route stood a scarfed lady, a very jealous scarfed lady,named Marilen M.
    Seeing as Marilyn Monroe had been dead over a year when Kennedy was assassinated and Marilyn Manson hadn't been born and isn't a lady it seems your grasp of history is as shaky as your grasp of science. Or are you just trolling?
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    Then it must have been the library window and the sniper. And I am a person and not a troll. I think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Pixel View Post
    I think?
    Evidence required.
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    Is a turfy troll the same as a grassy gnome?
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