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This Life: The Art of Condolence

The rules of expressing sympathy have become muddied at best, and concealed in an onslaught of emoji at worst.
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Etymology of the Day: Condolences

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condolences"formal declaration of sympathy," 1670s, pl. of condolence. Reason for the plural is unclear; earliest references are to expressions from groups of persons; perhaps the habit stuck. condole (v.) late 15c., "to sorrow," fr...

Obama offers condolences on death of Saudi King Abdullah

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama expressed condolences and offered sympathy Thursday to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah, an important ally and a major force in the Muslim world. Continue reading ? The p...

State Department expresses condolences for death of Hugo Chávez

News / International Affairs : The Cable

A State Department official on Wednesday expressed he U.S. government's condolences and sympathy to the family and supporters of dead Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. A statement from President Barack Obama issued Tuesday urged Ven...

Among US expressions of outrage and condolence, Obama, Kerry and Rice identify with Israeli parents

News / International Affairs : Mondoweiss

"As a father," both Barack Obama and John Kerry state, in expressing condolence over murders of Israeli teens. "As a mother," says Susan Rice. Here is a Mondo wrapup of statements of sympathy and outrage by American political figure...

The Art of Condolence

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The rules of expressing sympathy have become muddied at best, and concealed in an onslaught of emoji at worst.

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