Radiolab’s recent podcast examine 60 words, one sentence, written on 14th September 2001 that have been the basis for America’s foreign policy ever since. Extraordinary rendition, Guantanomo, drone strikes: everything has been hung on this one sentence, a rather vague, dry sentence at that. As ever, with anything fiercely controversial, the language is deliberately muted and legal, to mitigate the drama that lies just beneath the surface.
This one sentence, signed into law by Bush called the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
Continue reading Words Matter: 60 words that define US foreign policy (via Radiolab)
As per my original post, I picked up on a highly-offensive word used flippantly in an Huffington Post article about mac keyboard shortcuts.
**Update**The offensive word has been removed and the point re-written!
Continue reading Words Matter: Huffington Post correction!
Today I was surprised by a crass gaffe courtesy of the Huffinton Post.
As a user, I expect content to be edited, researched, thought-out and interesting. I like to stick to trusted sources for this reason, so there’s a fair chance that what I’m reading is at least factually correct.
I received an email from the Technology editor of the Huffington Post with the juicy, irresistible article title, If You Have A Mac, Memorize These 13 Keyboard Tricks. Eager for more mac keyboard MAGIC, I did what was expected of me, what any rational person would do in this instance, I clicked the link and started reading.
Continue reading Words Matter: Huffington Post’s poor word choice.