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Shocked and awed : a dictionary of the War on Terror

Author: Fred Halliday
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part reference, part polemic, part compelling snapshot of our times, Shocked and Awed is a bristling arsenal of potent weapons: words. Fred Halliday's unorthodox dictionary defines hundreds of words and phrases used about 9/11, the wars and other events that have followed it, and ongoing issues linked to those events. He shows how the War on Terror, itself a fascinating linguistic construct, has brought us not just  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Halliday
ISBN: 9780520268708 0520268709
OCLC Number: 606760488
Notes: Originally published in London by I.B. Tauris, 2010.
Description: xv, 337 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 9/11, US Intelligence and Counterterrorism --
Motifs of Jihad: terrorist groups, armed actions and the imagery of Osama bin Laden --
Extraordinary renditions: abduction, abuse and torture --
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq --
Some Islamic and Middle Eastern vocabulary --
Images of Muslims: stereotypes, insults, self-perceptions --
Palestine and Israel: 'Holy Land' and other inventions --
From 'Collateral Damage' to 'Mowing the lawn': the Euphemisms of War --
'Bad Guys', 'Circular Firing Squad', 'Slum Dunk': The vitality of US Colloquial --
Spaces, real and imagined --
Obscuring responsibility: euphemisms, circumlocutions and the vagaries of the 'Exculpatory Passive' --
Some other distortions: history, politics and international relations.
Responsibility: Fred Halliday.

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Part reference, part polemic, part compelling snapshot of our times, Shocked and Awed is a bristling arsenal of potent weapons: words. Fred Halliday's unorthodox dictionary defines hundreds of words and phrases used about 9/11, the wars and other events that have followed it, and ongoing issues linked to those events. He shows how the War on Terror, itself a fascinating linguistic construct, has brought us not just new words, such as "Gitmo," and new imports, such as "jihad," but also new ways of using existing language, such as "extraordinary rendition." His definitions include religious, political, and military terms; famous quotes and phrases; cultural phenomena and personalities; euphemisms of war; important Middle Eastern vocabulary; stereotypes and insults; and much more. Taken together, these words tell a new story about the power and malleability of language and its important role in the central conflicts of our day. An essential reference, Shocked and Awed will keep readers informed and up-to-date on the global vocabulary war being waged around us in the twenty-first century.

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