Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Death
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About ten years ago we had an article on a supposed method of execution, gatch gereftani, which was deleted as a hoax. It's just been recreated by an editor with almost no other article-space edits, though this time sourced to a published book. I have no way of knowing if the reference is genuine or falsified. Perhaps some knowledgeable WikiProject Death members could help investigate? If so, please join the discussion at Talk:Gatch gereftani. —Psychonaut (talk) 17:42, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
Not all decapitations are "beheadings"
The "List of people who were beheaded" currently includes not only executions and other homicides by decapitation, but also many other incidents (such as decapitations in motor vehicle accidents, or posthumous removal of a head as a trophy) which do not fall under the commonly accepted definition of "beheading". The online (and paywalled) Oxford English Dictionary defines "beheading" (the noun) as "the action of cutting off the head; [specifically] of execution by decapitation"; and all the examples given by the OED for both "beheading" and the verb "behead" refer to executions. I would recommend this list be pared down to include only executions or other intentional killings in which decapitation was the intended or actual cause of death. Alternatively, the article should be renamed to "List of people who were decapitated", and perhaps the list should be divided into a section for beheadings and a separate section for accidental or postmortem decapitations. I suggested this idea at Talk:List of people who were beheaded several months ago, but no one responded there. The article continues to be expanded from time to time by people adding accidental decapitation events, so I'm hesitant to just make my proposed change per WP:BRD without some reasonable consensus first. Comments? — Richwales (no relation to Jimbo) 05:53, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
The article Action T4 recently got a section about language and the euphemisms used by the Nazis to sweeten the truth. That section gave me an uneasy feeling. Now somebody else adds a hidden comment that absolutely horrifies me.
Could somebody take a look and join the discussion at Talk:Action T4#Language? 19:40, 4 July 2014 (UTC)