When someone or an animal gets struck by lightning, does it make sense to describe them like, "the hairs on their body get petrified"?

Update:

I meant the hairs standing up like in a cartoon from being scared.

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  • Nancy
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    9 months ago
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    No, that doesn't make sense.  Getting struck by lightning wouldn't turn the hair on one's body into stone.  It would more likely singe it off, not that all lightning-strike victims become depilated.  

    On the other hand, if someone were speaking metaphorically and were using personification, it is conceivable that someone might describe the phenomenon of one's hair rising up and standing on end just prior to getting struck by lightning as the hair getting frightened, or "petrified" in the sense of being frightened or scared, though "petrified" in that sense technically describes becoming so frightened that one can't move, which would be the opposite of what hair standing on end would do, as it moves into that position from a position of lying flat, or at least a position of not standing on end. 

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  • denise
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    9 months ago

    Well petrified means turned to stone, so I would say "the hairs on their body get 'scorched".

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  • 9 months ago

    Petrified means turned to stone.

    It's the wrong word to use.

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  • 9 months ago

    No. You might describe the person metaphorically as being 'petrified' - motionless from fear - but it would be ridiculous to use it to refer to their hair.

    Their hair might 'stand on end'.

    In any case, 'get petrified' is extremely ugly and awkward.

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    No. It means as several other posters have quite correctly told you, 'turned to stone.'

    The phrase 'petrified with fear' (so terrified as to be unable to move) has been shortened to 'petrified' meaning very very frightened but as hairs cannot be frightened you cannot use it to describe anything hairy that has been struck by lightening, even if the hairs stood up, which, as you have also been informed, they don't.

    You can still use it, but it won't make sense and your readers will not know what you're talking about, partly because you don't either.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    NO. A good writer does not write about things they have inadequate knowledge of.

    • Arthur9 months agoReport

      You don't have any proof that makes me believe you're a good writer yourself.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    No. Petrification is the process of turning something into stone. Lightning doesnt turn things to stone

    • Arthur9 months agoReport

      Literally Google the word and you'll know what I'm talking about. It has more meanings.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    No, petrified means turned to stone (sort of)

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    • 9 months agoReport

      Using something figuratively doesn't give it a different meaning. If you cut your steak with scissors that doesn't make them a knife. You've just found another use for scissors.

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