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The Word 'Petrified'

The word ‘petrify’ refers only to organic matter converting to ‘stone’. It’s commonly used incorrectly to mean ‘terrified’, but the onlycorrect usage is when referring to organic matter that’s become ‘stone’. The correct definition of petrified is: ‘to convert (organic matter) into stone or a substance of stony hardness by the infiltration of water and the deposition of dissolved mineral matter’.

Whenever I read about a petrified character, I visualise them turning to stone, because that’s what petrification is.


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