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Getting an Idea from “Criminal Minds”

As I’ve written before, I enjoy the CBS drama “Criminal Minds.” My wife says that she can watch numerous episodes of this disturbing show and go to sleep with no problem, but “The Walking Dead” gives her nightmares.

But I digress.

Lately, I’ve been watching episodes in which people are abducted. This made me wonder if there was a difference between abduction and kidnapping.

So, I looked up the words. Abduct means “to carry off (as a person) by force.” Abduction also means “the unlawful carrying away of a woman for marriage or intercourse,” which I find a bit antiquated and couldn’t easily find on online dictionaries. I’m not sure that definition still holds.

Kidnap, meanwhile, means “to seize and detain or carry away by unlawful force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom.”

Clearly, there is a difference. Abduct deals with the action of forcibly taking someone; kidnap deals with much more to include the holding of a person against his/her will.

Neither are nice, and I hope no one has to suffer through such horrible acts.

Until next time! Use the right words!


April 8, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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