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Choosing Your Terms: The Language of Katrina

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Choosing Your Terms: The Language of Katrina

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Choosing Your Terms: The Language of Katrina

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Linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the language that's been used the describe the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. What words do we use, "looting," "finding" or "foraging"? "Refugees," "evacuees" or "the displaced"?