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News again May. 14th, 2002 02:51 pm
Schools demand 'biblical right to smack children'

http://www.ananova.com/yournews/story/sm_587378.html

ECHR at: http://www.hri.org/docs/ECHR50.html
(cf UDHR at http://www.hri.org/docs/UDHR48.html )

As I see it, it's Article Five of the ECHR (Security of Person) vs Article Nine (Freedom of Thought and Religion). When articles clash in this way, Article 17 is invoked:

Nothing in this Convention may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction on any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein or at their limitation to a greater extent than is provided for in the Convention.


U (Unrelated) : Linguistic Minefield:
http://www.ananova.com/yournews/story/sm_587489.html

From: ciphergoth
Date: May 14th, 2002 - 07:10 am (Link)
Nitty-gritty: no it doesn't.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-nit2.htm

See also http://www.shentel.net/sjc/brantley.htm for usage you wouldn't see if it were true...

Figures...

From: wechsler
Date: May 14th, 2002 - 07:14 am (Link)
... but not quite as bad as the US City official nearly fired (or forced to resign) for use of the word "niggardly".
From: zotz
Date: May 14th, 2002 - 07:38 am (Link)
Indeed. The OED has it down as "Etymology unknown" and hasn't a recorded use before 1963.

I don't know about smacking the children...

From: ravenevermore
Date: May 14th, 2002 - 08:11 am (Link)
But I wouldn't say no to a crossbow...
purely for use in self defence, and I'd only shoot to injure...
Apart from the year sevens. Gits.
(Sorry, had to deal with one broken mouse too many today... and auditing all the computers and digital equipment in the school. yippee)