Language: their political weapon – and ours.

Language is a powerful weapon. Collateral damage was used during the Gulf War to describe dead or wounded civilians. Israel military commanders described the massacre of 1,200 Palestinians as mowing the lawn. Drone operators, from the safety of the Creech Air Force base outside Las Vegas, describe the humans that they kill as bug splats. The US military talks about shaking and baking for flushing people out with phosphorus and then killing them with high explosives.

Language: their political weapon – and ours.

Marnie Holborow, who lectures in Applied Linguistics at DCU and is author of a new book on ‘Neoliberalism and Language’, discusses the political uses of words. Language is a powerful weapon.  Collateral damage was used during the Gulf War to describe dead or wounded civilians. Israel military commanders described the massacre of 1,200 Palestinians as […]