Do Words Matter? Essay
If words are so effective, how much power can a word actually have? In "Terrorism or Terror: how much wallop can a word pack?," the author, Geoffrey Nunberg, examines the different meanings between two powerful political terms. According to Geoffrey, the word terror has a different meaning then terrorism. Terror is a pervasive social plaque. Terrorism is humans who impose terror on a government. In my opinion, terror is a state of mind and a feeling. To me, terrorism is the act of causing terror and devastation. I am basically in agreement with the author of this story about my opinion on these two words. "Terror draws on a more complex set of meanings. It evokes both the actions of terrorists and the fear they are trying to engender", Geoffrey said. Terror seems to get used for different meanings in specific situations. For example, when you hear the word terrorism you automatically think of 9/11 and the terrorists who have no purpose but to kill. On the other hand, when you hear the word terror, many different views could come to your mind. Some people think the subtle differences between the words have been politically exploited to manipulate public opinion. When we hear the war announced as "The War on Terror", that name suggests that we are fighting against something that could only end in a perfect world.
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