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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:33 PM

Experts deride Trump's Notre Dame firefighting advice as 'risible'

“Everything would have collapsed,” said Lt Col Michael Bernier, a fire chief who speaks for France’s civil defence organisation and who described the suggestion as “risible”.

Releasing even one load from a Canadair water bomber used to fight forest fires on Notre Dame would be “the equivalent of dropping three tonnes of concrete at 250 kilometres per hour (155mph)” on” the ancient monument.

“It would have been like bowling at the cathedral … the two towers might have fallen.

“It was technically impossible, undoable and most of all would have been utterly useless” to douse the flames from the air, Bernier added.

Such a move would also have put the lives of firefighters and anyone in the area at risk, he added.

“Neighbouring buildings would have been hit by flying blocks of hot stone, and the whole area would have had to be evacuated.”

Even using a helicopter to drop 1,500 litres of water would have left only the towers standing, Bernier insisted.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/16/trump-notre-dame-twitter-advice-experts-deride-presidents-flying-water-tips

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Reply Experts deride Trump's Notre Dame firefighting advice as 'risible' (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2019 OP
FakeNoose Apr 2019 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2019 #3
FakeNoose Apr 2019 #5
muriel_volestrangler Apr 2019 #9
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2019 #13
riversedge Apr 2019 #4
Buns_of_Fire Apr 2019 #6
obamanut2012 Apr 2019 #7
Miigwech Apr 2019 #2
milestogo Apr 2019 #8
subterranean Apr 2019 #10
Hekate Apr 2019 #11
Hekate Apr 2019 #12

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:43 PM

1. "Risible" - what a strange word

I'm going to assume this is from a Google translation. Next time Google should say "laughable" or"ridiculous."

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:53 PM

3. It's a real English word - an excellent one, not the product of Google Translate.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:08 PM

5. Oh sure, I know what it means

My point is that nobody actually uses that word. I doubt the French police captain has ever heard the word risible. It was an awkward translation.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:25 PM

9. 268 hits on DU

https://www.google.com/search?q=risible&sitesearch=democraticunderground.com

It's either the word he used in English, or the word AFP chose to translate with - https://www.france24.com/en/20190416-trump-expresses-notre-dame-condolences-macron-white-house . Going from English to French, Google Translate renders both 'laughable' and 'ridiculous' as 'ridicule', while 'risible' is the same in both languages.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 08:23 PM

13. I've used it, though not often.

It's wonderfully condescending.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:55 PM

4. I had to look it up............

I think I will take " such as to provoke laughter." No doubt soon trump will come out or Sarah will say he was on joking!




https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=what+is+the+meaning+of++%E2%80%9Crisible%E2%80%9D%3F
ris·i·ble
/ˈrizəbəl/
adjective
adjective: risible

such as to provoke laughter.
"a risible scene of lovemaking in a tent"
synonyms: laughable, ridiculous, absurd, comical, comic, amusing, funny, chucklesome, hilarious, humorous, droll, entertaining, diverting, farcical, slapstick, silly, facetious, ludicrous, hysterical, uproarious, riotous, sidesplitting, zany, grotesque; More
informalrib-tickling, crazy, priceless;
datedkilling;
rarederisible
"their irresponsibility would be risible were it not so dangerous"
antonyms: serious
rare
(of a person) having the faculty or power of laughing; inclined to laugh.

Origin

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:08 PM

6. Of the synonyms the Google Machine offered, "risible" is probably

the least insulting within the context (they know who they're dealing with!).

I'm a little smitten with "chucklesome," though.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:12 PM

7. Nope, perfeectly good English word

And, one I use myself every now and then.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:51 PM

2. pres. Imbecile

and the whole world know this

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:15 PM

8. The dotard himself is risible.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:25 PM

10. What I found even more laughable was his other piece of advice: "Must act quickly!"

As if the firefighters hadn't realized that.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:33 PM

11. Risible is the exact word I used yesterday when I told hubby about the moron's advice...

He came in to see why I had yelled "Oh for gods' sake" at the tv machine. Our neighborhood was saved from the Thomas Fire by water dropping helicopters -- that drenched the surrounding landscape, not the houses. Water in those quantities is really heavy.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:36 PM

12. Funny thread, this. That's two words I know and use (dotard and risible) that seem to have...

...been dropped from common American vocabulary. Oh well.

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