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Thursday, April 21, 2005

George Lakoff is the author of Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate, a professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and a Senior Fellow of the Rockridge Institute.

AlterNet has posted an excerpt of an Interview with George Lakoff.

LAKOFF: A producer from a National Public Radio show "On the Media" called me up recently to tell me that [a style manual] ... many journalists around the country call on when writing their stories is dictating that journalists stop using the word fetus and replace it with the term unborn child. This producer asked me if I thought this was political, and when I said, "Of course it's political," she debated me. We've heard this phrase unborn child so much that it's physically changing our brains.
Except for that guy at Business Week.

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