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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Military euphemism from the other side

Today the video of Nick Berg being beheaded was posted. Note this from an AP account earlier in the day:
Berg's body, with signs of trauma, was found Saturday, the military said.
That's what they said before the video. In military PR speak, "signs of trauma" includes having your head removed from your body.

Bear this in mind the next time you hear about collateral damage, surgical strikes, and the like.

(Yes, they are, among other things, being considerate of the guy's family; but that's not why they're experienced at the vocabulary.)

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