Spence: When the Occupiers in Eureka squatted in the vacant house in Eureka, they reportedly "thrashed" the house and left it in an awful mess. Or, did they "trash" the house. I guess it depends on which word you choose. Either way, both words are being used incorrectly. Webster's states Thrashed as "flailing or beating something, to swing or strike as with a stick.”The prison guard thrashed the inmate about the shoulders with his night stick. Whereas Trashed only has one definition; slang for getting drunk. As in, "Dude, I was so trashed last night". Of course these terms are only two of countless misused words and phrases that have made their way into the Humboldt lexicon.
Kate: I have to disagree. TRASHED is correct, and THRASHED is a word that was once misused and then inexplicably caught on in popular west coast language. I had never heard the word "thrashed" used for that definition until I moved back to the west coast. The first few times I heard it I thought I had misunderstood what people were saying, I only knew the word "thrash" as a farming activity. I use the word "trashed"...as in "they trashed the house." I'm pretty sure you can find a source for anything you want to prove. While some may discount dictionary.com, I'm going to use it for my argument:
"Trash" verb (used with object)
Slang to destroy, damage, or vandalize, as in anger or protest: The slovenly renters had trashed the house.
Although Webster's does have for TRASH:
Examples of TRASH
Dictionary.com has no such definition for "thrashed," slang or otherwise. Although it does say "to defeat soundly" which I didn't know (as in one team thrashed another).
- a computer program that trashes useless files
- The vacuum cleaner couldn't be fixed, so I trashed it.
- The apartment had been trashed.
- He says that the government's policies are trashing the environment.