How are “scum,” “sludge,” “slush,” “slime,” “ooze,” “muck,” “mire,” “goo” and “gunk” different?
Toxic red sludge poured into a Hungarian village this week after a dam containing the chemical residue from an aluminum plant burst. At least four people were killed and dozens injured. The sludge continues to flow and threatens to contaminate the Danube River, one of Europe’s major waterways. This tragedy poses a linguistic puzzle that, hopefully, can help us better describe the type of environmental horrors that seem to …
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a mass of aerated precipitated sewage added to untreated sewage to bring about purification by hastening decomposition by microorganisms
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