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–Ripped from the headlines… Ripped from history… a compilation of good intentions gone bad when good people use bad words to promote good causes.

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  1. Marie Says:

    I have a huge problem with the media and the government using the word “troops” instead of what they actually mean, which is “soldiers”.

    Troop by its original definition implies a group of soldiers or a group of military personnel. Therefore, when the government announces that they are sending out 10,000 troops, this can actually mean that 500,000 actual soldiers are being deployed.

    This has been going on for at least 10 years, and I don’t know when the switch was made from the more accurate and humanizing word “soldier” to “troop”. I’d like to start a movement that will return the original word “soldiers” or “army men” or “military men” to be used so that we don’t forget that these are actual human beings we are “deploying”.

    thanks,

    m

  2. Doug Gould Says:

    Thanks Marie: You are so right. This is right up there with “collateral damage,” which is a euphemism for bystanders (often kids) killed in combat.

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