August 05, 2014
By Zachary Hecht
At maslansky + partners we see day in and day out that words and language have the power to evoke intense emotions.
Nowhere is that more true than in areas of conflict. With this in mind the International Press Institute recently published a glossary of loaded language connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The glossary, which is designed for reporters covering the conflict, lists problematic terms, explains why they are problematic, and then offers alternative wording. While the glossary is intended as a reference for news outlets, it offers interesting insights – and even guidance – for anyone thinking and talking about the conflict.
Remember, the words you use are important; they can change an otherwise well intentioned message and they do in fact have the power to hurt.
Below is a sample of what the International Press Institute uncovered: