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The Language of Politics – “Safire’s Political Dictionary”, William Safire

July 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Description, Electoralism, Political Communication, Politics, Writing

The new, old, and constantly changing language of politics is a lexicon of conflict and drama, of ridicule and reproach, of pleading and persuasion. Colour and bite permeate a language designed to rally many men, to destroy some, and to change the minds of others… This is a dictionary of the words and phrases that have misled millions, blackened reputations, held out false hopes, oversimplified ideas to appeal to the lowest common denominator, shouted down inquiry, and replaced searching debate with stereotypes that trigger approval or hatred.

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