What is in a Word?
I periodically compile "RangeTree County" which I describe as: "... the cyberspace equivalent of a "clipping service" providing a periodic sample of news believed to be of interest to RangeBiome's audience."
I find most of the articles that I link from RangeTree County by using Google's news search to search for a few key words and phrases.
One of those key words is "grazing". Computers being perfect idiots that do exactly what you tell them to do, and only what you tell them to do, I end up scanning through something on the order of 500 news articles per week where the word "grazing" was used - regardless of context.
The use of the word "grazing" in those articles usually falls into one of three general contexts:
Today, I came across an article that uses the word "grazing" in an interesting way that does not seem to fit particularly well with the more common usages. That article is "In memory of Dr. Farrokhrou Parsa" in the May 12, 2005 edition of Persian Journal.
While the article has obvious political overtones, it leaves little doubt that Dr. Parsa was a leading advocate for women's rights who paid the ultimate price for her activism, and who may be little known outside of Iran and Islam.
The interesting use of the word "grazing" appeared in a sentence that reads: "Twenty-five years on, Dr. Parsa's murderers are still grazing carelessly in the country, while the world believes appeasement could be a new taming method."
I speculate that the word "grazing" in that sentence means
something like "freely moving about without fear or threat", but I
still find it interesting. Not being familiar with the intricacies of
If so, I would appreciate receiving your email at <Lwalker@rangebiome.org> with "Meaning of grazing" in the subject line. If it appears appropriate, I will post your response as an addendum to this editorial attributed to "anonymous" - unless you specifically request your identity to be posted.