Department of Definitions

“It was smoke, not a fire. There’s a big difference,”

– NSW Railcorp spokesperson CieJai Leggett after an electrical fault in a train air conditioning unit caused 1500 people to be evacuated and one taken to hospital.

“What [CityRail] class as a fire and what we class as a fire seem to be two different things. You don’t have smoke without a fire.”

– NSW Fire Brigades spokesman, Craig Brierley.

SMH, 2 July 2008.

“… he was a good boy, he was a good man, everyone he knew loved him,”

– Rose Boulos, sister of murder victim Charlie Boulos, on her deceased brother.

Police said they had established Mr Boulos had been selling and using the drug ‘ice’.

The Age, 1 July 2008.

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

– Humpty Dumpty

3 thoughts on “Department of Definitions

  1. Anecdote – about 2 years ago I was on a cityrail train which appeared to be smoking. Told staff on the train and subsequently heard that that line was shut down for a couple of hours due to a (potential ?) fire on a train. This was underground.

    Fires in tunnels can be very dangerous!


  2. What the hell kind of name is CieJai? Even without misrepresenting basic scientific principles, anyone with that name can have no credibility.


  3. I have no problem with the first quote from the City Rail guy. He was differentiating between degrees or risk or harm, and it was a fair differentiation. There could no doubt have been many more than one person taken to hospital had there been a fire – in the conventional sense of the term – on said train.

    What disappoints me is that these often important distinctions get discounted or dismissed in much modern media commentary.


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