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Essentially, I need your help. I'm a couple of pages away from finishing my thesis, and I'm stuck on the spelling of a phrase (word?) that I've never actually spelled before...only heard aloud.

Essentially, the word is the shot after "Shell shock"....for example, a bomb goes off near a person, and the pressure wave that concusses them causes a sensation known as shell shock. What I need is the phrase used after than, the "killing blow".

I've only heard it a few times on television....I have currently spelled it "Cu De Gra", but I don't know if this is correct. The pronunciation is "Coo Deh Graw"....thanks for your help.

To those who are wondering about the title, it's the final line I'm using in my thesis. (I used the inspiration from Anberlin's song Godspeed....in fact, I used the lines of the song "burning down Neverland" and such in my paper, as well.
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Coup De Gras i believe.



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I thought shell shock was a neurological defect caused after severe repeated shellings rather than just one event?
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I thought shell shock was a neurological defect caused after severe repeated shellings rather than just one event?
It may have been originally, but nowadays, I've heard it used to describe just a general feeling of shock. :\
#10
coup de grace "Strike of grace" or "graceful strike" translated literally. I'm just talking out of my french ass here, but my guess is that it's the integral part of a mercy killing.
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I thought shell shock was a neurological defect caused after severe repeated shellings rather than just one event?


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A hyperacusis or misophonia from an exploding shell or bomb


I grew up with the repeated shellings, yes. Apparently, with advancing technology, it is experienced with only one, now.

We are becoming more adept at killing people, in other words.

EDIT: I meant "repeated shellings definition
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#14
Did you purposely spell it "Massechusetts" in your location?
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Did you purposely spell it "Massechusetts" in your location?


Yes
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#16
coup de grace, and Shell Shock is a psychiatric condition related to post traumatic stress disorder.
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coup de grace, and Shell Shock is a psychiatric condition related to post traumatic stress disorder.


isn't it just the non PC way of saying PTSD?
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isn't it just the non PC way of saying PTSD?

I wouldn't say non-PC, but maybe more non-medical, or colloquial.
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isn't it just the non PC way of saying PTSD?



I'm guessing it depends on what context you use it...shell shock, when experienced due to heavy explosions (as is it's definition) basically results in a mild delirium, if I'm correct, with ringing ears, and major disorientation.

I don't think there are any permanent side effects...unless something results because of it, like a concussion or something similar.
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isn't it just the non PC way of saying PTSD?


no the PC term for shell shock is combat stress reaction and it's symptoms are more acute than PTSD and don't last as long. (shell shock only lasts for a couple of days at the most, but can develop into PTSD)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_shock
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I grew up with the repeated shellings, yes. Apparently, with advancing technology, it is experienced with only one, now.

We are becoming more adept at killing people, in other words.
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I left out the word "definition"...sorry.

But I was raised for part of my life in Belfast, so I guess it could go both ways here, depending on what you mean by "shellings"
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