In an effort to help you (and myself) to avoid confusion when listening to reports of things we use to think we almost understood, I have comprised a list of a few of the many evolving terms and word definitions… which may or may not apply by the time I finish this post.
Democrats no longer want to be called “Liberals” because that word has taken on a connotation that “describes big government”. They now “prefer the word “Progressive” , which “has a real American meaning”, as they continue to push the same “big government” agenda they were pushing when they called themselves “Liberals”.
“Pork”… “Earmarks” are now called “Local Projects”
Pro-Abortion is called “Pro-Choice”… unless your “choice” is “life”, in which case you are NOT “Pro-Choice”.
“Abortion” – Those who are Pro-Abortion Choice prefer to use the word “Procedure”
“Foreign Inteligence Surveilance Act” is now to be described as a “Domestic Spying Program“, (which, I guess, means we should call it, DISA… or simply the DSP)
“War on Terror” – “this administration prefers to avoid using the term ‘Long War’ or ‘Global War on Terror’. Please use ‘Overseas Contingency Operation.’
Health CARE Reform is now called Health INSURANCE Reform.
“Terrorist”, Islamist”… It is no longer acceptable to use these terms, especially together. Policymakers are now urged to use vague terms such as “violent extremists,” “totalitarian,” and “death cult” to characterize al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
“Acts of Terrorism” are now called “Man-Caused Disasters“, although the British Sociological Association does suggest avoiding the word “man” all together as it may still be seen as “sexist language” and taking political correctness even further to describe the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center as a “synthetic disaster” — or better yet, an “artificial occurrence.”
“Enemy Combatants” are now given the more ambiguous title of, “Detainees”
“9-11” – What was formerly seen as a Day of Reflection and Remembrance, Obama signed into Law a measure to force Americans see the day when nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered instead as a “National Day of Service”
“Stimulus” – The president has, “no problem with people saying, ‘The president is trying to stimulate growth and hiring.”… but prefers we do not use the word “stimulus”.
“Combat Troops” in, and being deployed to, Iraq have just been renamed, while the Obama adminsitration prefers to use the word, “removed”.
Extension of “Bush’s Tax Cuts” will be called the Obama tax cuts for the middle class.”
The Government will not spend, but rather “Invest” your money.
The word “Tax” is replaced by words like “Fee”
Surely there are others. Feel free to add to the list.