By Travis Dotson
Look at this word cloud:
I collect very simple notes about the types of injuries listed in the reports submitted to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center. I took all of the notes from 2017 and used a word cloud generator to make this one. The size of the word is relative to how often it shows up compared to others.
What does it mean?
It means whatever you want it to mean. Just like every one of the reports these words came from, to most of us they end up meaning nothing. Yes, they might evoke some sort of emotion when we first see them. Most of us will quickly move away from that emotion into some sort of analytical sense-making – basically making up reasons for the presence and size of the words.
We don’t know why Rhabdo is so common.
We don’t know why firefighter fatality numbers refuse to change.
We don’t know when one of those words will apply to us.
That is unsettling. But it is.
And off we go to Division Delta.
Please leave a one-word comment regarding the utility of this word cloud thingy. You get a choice between these two words: Useless or Useful.
Your call if you want to say why.