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Misuse of the word amnesty - handbag amnesty/book amnesty etc

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TotalChaos Wed 17-Sep-08 23:13:41

I get irritated when collections for 2nd hand books etc use the word amnesty - as surely amnesty implies there was something wrong in how you acquired the items in the first place. Or am I being humourless?

themoon66 Wed 17-Sep-08 23:19:23

No you are not and I agree.

bran Wed 17-Sep-08 23:22:29

I've never heard it used in that context, only when there is an issue of some sort with the item the amnesty is for. So I've seen the library advertise an amnesty for overdue books and the police sometimes have a knife or gun amnesty.

CountessDracula Wed 17-Sep-08 23:25:07

what do you mean?

TotalChaos Wed 17-Sep-08 23:29:32

e.g. last year ELC had a collection of 2nd hand books in good condition to be redistributed to disadvantaged children. they called it a "book amnesty"

Sobernow Wed 17-Sep-08 23:43:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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