Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What is an "insurgent?" (And other "talismanic" words)

TFP Commentator Norman Fulkerson gets into a personal gripe of mine regarding linguistic gymanstics...and by reading it I found out that this nonsense was aptly coined as "talismanic" wording.

Read Norman's whole article, of course, but then come back and talk to me.

I'm interested in knowing...what "talismanic words" drive you crazy?

"Insurgent" for "terrorist," is one Norman covers. "Dialogue" (aaagh!) for "debate" is another.

"Procedure" for "abortion" comes immediately to mind. (Or how about "killing" for "abortion"?)

There are more, I know. Anyway, as usual, TFP scores a hit with this one.