The Guardian reports the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan this week is the result of “friendly fire”. With its history of propaganda, it is not surprising the military talks in euphemisms, but isn’t it time this appalling use of language was challenged more by the media.
Politics is guilty with the spread of Blairspeak and in business jargon such as “downsizing” hides the truth of real people losing their livelihood. Political correctness also has a language of its own which is increasingly irritating the public.
Society does seem to be increasingly like the novel Nineteen Eighty Four – remember, George Orwell created his “Ministry of Truth” from being engaged in propaganda at the BBC in the earliy 1940s.