I have a quibble with the New Scientist’s headline describing a “milder Ebola strain” recently discovered in Uganda.
MILDER? It still has at least a 30 percent mortality rate, and yes, that is less lethal than the standard form of Ebola, which is normally 50 to 90 percent. But I don’t know that qualifies it for the description “milder”. Less lethal, less virulent, yes, but it’s still the Hannibal Lector-in-a-hospital-ward-of-paralyzed-and-obnoxious-FBI-agents of diseases.
Other words that I don’t think should be used to describe Ebola: cuddly, cordial, genial, piddling, and orange. I’m sure I’ve missed a few there — feel free to leave others in the comments.