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2001 12 Yesterday on the tube I heard the smiling newscaster report casualties by “friendly fire” with a straight face. Language has always changed. Words elevate and denigrate in status, in meaning, in usage (module coming on that phenomenon). Some rationalities prevail; new absurdities are born. But I doubt if the best archeologist-anthropologists past or future could find a (past) society which attempted to manage language like the present. This is I believe new: since the 18th Century: English and French rationalists from Swift to Descartes are to blame.
What would Swift or Descartes have made of “friendly fire” if they’d encountered it. I don’t blame Swift or Descartes for schools, but modern schooling certainly comes in their wake. And preposterous state and media diction comes with it. I say that only a schooled public could be maneuvered into using or tolerating such coinages.
Orwell, Political Euphemism
I leap to my conclusion: a major purpose of school is to make us stupid enough to repeat things smack in the face of evidence: We are a free society, We own the land, God loves us because he honors our virtue … The soldiers were killed by “friendly fire”: so friendly it tore them apart.