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  • Terror and horror, from Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.

    Ann Radcliffe wrote: "Terror and horror are so far opposite, that the first expands the soul, and awakens the faculties to a high degree of life; the other contracts, freezes, and nearly annihilates them."

    Or, in Devendra Varma's words, "The difference between Terror and Horror is the difference … between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse."

    from The Futility Closet.

    November 2, 2008

  • For me, terror is physical and present (e.g. being pursued by a gore-drenched murderer) and horror is mostly mental - rats in the walls, yellow wallpaper, Conrad, etc. Horror would also describe the reaction to stumbling upon a corpse. Basically, terror involves something coming to get you; horror is about your brain getting itself.

    Re: the pics, I'd subtitle them "bad fart" and "where's my bacon".

    November 2, 2008

  • What's interesting to me is that terrific is something quite good, while horrific is bad.

    @yarb: bad fart - yes!!

    November 2, 2008

  • Splendid illustrations.

    To be crude, they look a little bit like OMG vs WTF.

    November 2, 2008

  • Slumry was caught in two minds with torrible.

    November 2, 2008