Making sense of a reference…

August 27, 2010

Aboriginal elder leads police to body — but wrong one

SIXTH SENSESYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – An Aboriginal elder who claimed to have seen the location of a missing child in a dream has led Australian police to a body — but it was not the corpse of a child but of an adult woman.

Cheryl Carroll-Lagerwey, the Aboriginal elder, said she was not psychic but had a third sense that she could lead police to the body of Kiesha Abrahams.

Third sense? This really should embarrass someone.


We’re aware the usual expression is sixth sense, but third is what she said, so we couldn’t change it.

If third sense is some kind of localized version of the idea of having an extra sense, I think we could have explained that fact for our global audience, or else just dropped the sense reference altogether if it seemed confusing: GBU Editor

UNDATED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH –¬† Actor Bruce Willis (R) portrays child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe as he listens to his patient eight-year-old Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, in a scene from the psychological thriller¬† “The Sixth Sense.”

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What the article doesn’t cite is whether the woman actually has all of her other senses. Maybe she can’t smell or feel or taste?

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