Posted by languageandgrammar on April 9, 2011
By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever
I’ve said it before, and I’m sure that I’ll say it again…but…the language we choose to use is one of the best ways to show who we are and what we’re about.
We all, at least at times, select words very carefully in order to promote our agenda–some of us just do it in a more manipulative way than others.
That’s exactly what’s going on when someone uses the term prenatal citizen instead of fetus, as was recently done by Georgia Republican Bobby Franklin. Mr. Franklin believes that miscarriages should be investigated. In addition, he believes that a police report needs to filed and that a death warrant needs to be issued.
In order to make the case for such a radical idea, it’s certainly necessary to make it seem more reasonable, so he’s decided to label a fetus as a prenatal citizen.
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