WarSpeak

The ‘warspeak’ permeating everyday language puts us all in the trenches

Robert Myers Professor of Anthropology & Public Health, Alfred University

In a manifesto posted online shortly before he went on to massacre 22 people at an El Paso Walmart, Patrick Crusius cited the “invasion” of Texas by Hispanics. In doing so, he echoed President Trump’s rhetoric of an illegal immigrant “invasion.”

Think about what this word choice communicates: It signals an enemy that must be beaten back, repelled and vanquished.

Yet this sort of language – what I call “warspeak” – has relentlessly crept into 

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