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The war of words and how we come to label Jared Loughner an ‘assassin’

Of all the words used to describe Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, what should we think of “pot-smoking loner?” Whatever the truth of that phrase, it harkens back to a fascinating, 700-year history of politics, violence and language. We users of English have inherited the word “assassin,” through Italian or French, from an Arab word that means “hashish.” We can … Read More
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