Here’s a good article at Reason:
How Democrats Win Debates by Corrupting English
This article is probably for people who haven’t yet twigged onto the fact that left wing people put a lot of effort into misusing words (to the point where no-one remembers the original meaning), ignoring the distinction between rhetorical devices and facts, pretending metaphors are not metaphors, and being generally disingenuous in everything they utter.
Take “access,” formerly meaning having the ability to approach, enter or use. In today’s liberal parlance, when the state doesn’t give you something for free, it’s taking something from you. It’s denying you access.
Reason Magazine is right! I hadn’t noticed this one… or ‘loophole’ which they also mention.
There are plenty of other distortions. “Disenfranchisement” once meant revoking the rights gained through suffrage, but has been corroded to mean asking a person to provide a picture ID or to wait in a line before voting.
I think ‘ignorant’ is an interesting one. It used to mean a lack of knowledge. But now a left wing person will call you ‘ignorant’ if you’re aware of any of the data from The Color of Crime. Knowledge is ignorance.
This is just a small taste of the war on meaning, of course. And to allow them this falsification of language is to surrender a debate before it even begins.
This war on meaning thing is pretty darn interesting. Someone should write a book.