[LMB] OT: Online Info

Roberta Wright ravenenterprises at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 17:35:09 GMT 2016


I have always heard of the grace knife used to give a merciful death to
your mortally wounded comrades, so they needn't lie in agony for hours
before they finally died.

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 10:58 PM, Luke Bretscher <rocketman0739 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I don't doubt that the misericorde was used in close-quarters combat as
> much as (or more than) it was used to make the true mercy-kill, it's just
> the etymology that rings false.  Why would you call your dagger the "mercy
> dagger" because it was what you used when you *weren't *being merciful?
> That's exactly backwards and feels like folk etymology. Seems to me Menage
> should have realized this.
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