Shocking use

A reader complains that writers are misusing “electrocution.” (Not in The N&O specifically, just in general use.) He points to a sentence on a Web page about a dog training mat:

It has four adjustable levels of electrocution, as well as a beep-only mode if you just can’t bear to punish the poor pooch.

“Electrocution” means to kill with a charge of electricity. An electrocution can be either deliberate, as in an execution, or accidental. Either way, the being who is electrocuted ends up dead.

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