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Old 21 December 2015, 09:28 PM
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No 'Stoic' driver identified in Las Vegas Strip horror

The woman accused of deliberately driving onto a packed sidewalk along the famed Las Vegas Strip was "stoic" after the tragedy, telling a parking attendant what she had done and asking him to call 911, authorities said Monday.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...trip/77688512/
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Old 22 December 2015, 01:29 AM
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For some reason I tend to think of stoicism as being a positive trait, or at least a term that tends to be used when describing someone being brave "he was stoic when he got his inoculation" kind of thing. Describing someone who has deliberately caused the death of another as stoic seems wrong somehow.
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Old 22 December 2015, 03:38 AM
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Yes, I would have chosen a word like 'unemotional' or 'apathetic' or 'detached' instead. 'Stoic' does imply acceptance of trials survived which is not appropriate here.
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Old 22 December 2015, 06:41 AM
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Yes, I would have chosen a word like 'unemotional' or 'apathetic' or 'detached' instead. 'Stoic' does imply acceptance of trials survived which is not appropriate here.
Well, it could refer to future trials in this case.
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Old 22 December 2015, 12:46 PM
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I don;t get that impression just from the word 'stoic' - it is the context which gives the positive or negative aspect. They could have used 'laconic,' but that is two more letters and even fewer people would know it.
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Old 22 December 2015, 01:02 PM
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They're not really synonyms, although people who are stoic may also be laconic.
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Laconic is about speech, not emotions, so it wouldn't be the same. And this women seemed to describe her situation in detail, so I'm not sure laconic would even apply.

Put me down as another that views stoic as a positive word.
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I don't think it has to be positive. In fact, sometimes it can be negative I think. "He remained stoic even when meeting his grandchildren for the first time." It means something different to me from "detached" or "unemotional," but I don't know which would best describe her demeanor. Stoic, like the others, in this context would mean to show little emotion. But it also has the added aspect of specifically being in control of one's emotions. Unemotional suggests not having the feelings in the first place, and detached suggests a feeling of distance from either emotions or reality.
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'Cold' would be the word that would come naturally to me for her demeanor, but it may not work well in the headline, without the context of reading the whole article.
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