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Mon Mar 21, 2022, 01:34 PM

The war in Ukraine has reintroduced these words and phrases into our vocabulary

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has many of us using new words and phrases, from geopolitical terms like "rump state" to military lingo such as "MANPADS."

We're also learning to decipher slogans and spot differences between Russian and Ukrainian spellings during a conflict in which information is treated as its own battlefield.

Tracking surges in the words we use is part of linguist Grant Barrett's job. He is the co-host of A Way with Words, a public radio show about words and language, and a vice president of the American Dialect Society.

"As a word watcher, we get a sense of the worries of the world," he told NPR.

Barrett points out how the term Cold War has now been supplanted by the term "hot war" a violent conflict with many of the worst burdens borne by civilians.

With Barrett's help, NPR created a kind of war glossary, explaining some of the terms people are using to discuss the war Russia and President Vladimir Putin are waging on Ukraine.

they forgot "Vladolf" for Putin, which I see all the time on Twitter. Slava Ukraini!

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Jilly_in_VA Mar 2022 OP
electric_blue68 Mar 2022 #1

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Mon Mar 21, 2022, 01:52 PM

1. Thanks, Jilly. A couple were new to me.

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