Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We are "patriots," they are "nationalists." Semantics can break bones
Words have incredible power. Our choice of words in how we describe something or someone tends to have influence in how others see it or them. Thus words change history. Advertisers know this, politicians do, and so do journalists. Yet most of the people who read them do not recognize how they are being manipulated. Greater awareness of this would help voters make better choices, consumers buy better and even diplomats create better relations between nations.