Since the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and over the ensuing 14 years, we Americans have learned an entire new vocabulary that would be better left unlearned, if only possible.
Here are some random terms and words whose meanings are all too clear. There is no humor here, only sadness:
–9/11 as in the day the world changed
–RADICALIZED as in “he used to be normal, but grew a beard and got radicalized.”
–ACTIVE SHOOTER as in “a gunman entered….”
–NEUTRALIZED as in “the threat was neutralized.” (killed)
–LONG GUN as opposed to a pistol or handgun
–ASSAULT WEAPON as an intimidating rifle not intended for hunting
–TACTICAL GEAR as in army surplus pants
–BDUs as in “battle dress uniform”
–FIRST RESPONDER as in cops and firemen
–HEROES as in cops, firemen, and teachers
–IED as in bomb or booby trap
–GO-PRO as in “he was wearing a go pro.”
–BODY CAM similar to a Go Pro camera
–DASH CAM as in police camera in a car
–GRAPHIC IMAGES as in violent gory video from a Body Cam, Go Pro, or Dash Cam
–ON SCENE as in at an outdoor press conference with microphones
–ENGAGED as in, “The active shooter, wearing tactical gear was engaged and neutralized.”
–BEARCAT as in armored cop car used to engage and neutralize active shooters
–SHELTER IN PLACE as in, “stay inside and hide.”
–DRONE as in remote controlled death from thousands of miles away: Video game
You can add to the list, but the GUARDIAN finds it disturbing that most readers and viewers of today’s news hear these words daily and understand perfectly what they mean. That wasn’t the case as little as 15 years ago.
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