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Thursday, December 02, 2004

The Red Cross Dictionary

I hate it when they (the generic "they", although who am I to say it's not really this They) change the definition of a word. Words like "Torture" should not be watered down, anymore than "Ghetto" or "Holocaust" should have been.

Ever since the first caveman developed symbols to differentiate between "water hole" and "lions den" at the fork in the game trail (pardon my literary license) words have possessed great power, and the consequent risk in changing the meanings of those words is equally great.

This WSJ editorial summarizes the danger of doing such.

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