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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Words have meanings. Don’t say one thing when you mean something else.

If you want to criticize the media for holding you responsible for the violence that unfolded in Arizona this past weekend, go right ahead. You have every right, thanks to the First Amendment. But call it what it is. Bloodguilt. You want to take issue with the suggestion that your vitriolic rhetoric might have contributed to the murderous actions of another? Fine. Just be sure to name it accurately.

Blood libel means something very specific. And when you misuse the word, it makes you look foolish. Or worse.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 12 January 2011 10:56 pm

    I tread carefully around a woman who is a better shot than I am. In fact, she probably does a better job of skinning animals than I do to. However, when it comes to words I can take her. But she’d probably accuse me of being elitist and tell me that the point is mute. 😉

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:10 pm

      And this proves what I adore about you, Jack. Thanks for the dry wit.

  2. Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:47 pm

    Apt remark Sarah!

  3. Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:22 am

    Very well put, much better than some of the other reactions I’ve seen who have answered her offense with offense of their own. Thank you for that.

  4. songbird permalink
    Thursday, 13 January 2011 12:07 pm

    She’s simply horrible, and I will never forgive John McCain for putting her in the naitonal spotlight.

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