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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2020 11:15 pm
Does "economy is being buffeted" mean "economy is being battered"?

Buffet, when as a verb, means strike repeatedly, hence I guess it to mean "batter".

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NYTimes tweeted 1h ago:
The American economy is being buffeted by a fresh round of corporate layoffs, signaling new anxiety about the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2020 11:26 pm
@oristarA,
Same thing. Buffeted doesn't exactly mean battered, but close enough for every day use.
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2020 11:38 pm
@roger,
Thanks.

What will you feel if it were written as "... economy is being battered..."? The form "economy is being buffeted" sounds a bit more graceful than "economy is being battered". The later sounds a bit rude (because "battered" sounds similar to "bastard"?). I am not sure.
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2020 11:52 pm
@oristarA,
I take 'buffeted' to mean being asaulted, while battered implies acutal damage being sustained. I suppose I could use a dictionary, but didn't.

To me, 'battered' doesn't remind me of 'bastard'. That could well be your perception.
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 02:05 pm
@roger,
I take buffeted as being tossed about. Like in a ship or airplane during a storm
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Reply Sat 3 Oct, 2020 04:12 pm
@chai2,
Right. Now, if the plane lost a wing, I would say 'battered'.
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