2009/04/02

You say that, but what do you really mean?

Words all too often stop us from communicating. The same words can vastly different things (just ask my sister who told her English in-laws that she fell on her fanny [see here for what she meant and what they thought]).

In a similar vein, I thought that this article in the CSM is very interesting:
10 terms not to use with Muslims :
  • The Clash of Civilizations.
  • Secular.
  • Assimilation.
  • Reformation.
  • Jihadi.
  • Moderate.
  • Interfaith.
  • Freedom.
  • Religious Freedom.
  • Tolerance.
I'm a little surprised that "crusade" wasn't on the list. I guess that the author assumes that we know that one already. Read the whole thing.

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