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When does an accident become a 'tragedy'?

Asked by elbanditoroso (22749points) June 8th, 2014

Yesterday’s newspapers reported a traffic accident in which the actor Tracy Morgan was critically injured. Not his fault – he was a passenger in a shuttle bus.

Initially it was reported as a bad accident – certainly not a fun time for anyone, but a traffic accident like any of 10,000 that happen every day.

Today’s web reporting (and TV reporting) calls it a “tragedy” – see for example:


My question: Does an accident become a tragedy because someone famous got hurt? If I were in an accident, would it be a tragedy?

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