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Question from the gallery: Guidance on use of the word “evacuate”

Evacuate means to remove the contents of a building, stadium, room – any place capable of holding contents.

It also means to give up military occupation from an area of danger. Cut and run, in other words.

People cannot evacuate.

Do not say, “John and Tom evacuated the bar when the fight broke out” unless you physically carried furniture, liquor bottles and injured patrons out the door and onto the sidewalk.