Over the 20th Century, the precise use of language helped shape our understanding of the problems around us, the solutions needed to solve them, and the opportunities ahead.
When Trump sounds off in racist and wildly inaccurate Tweets, it matters. When climate change deniers in positions of power talk about “belief” instead of about “evidence”, it matters. When right-wing pundits lament the loss of the imaginary ‘melting pot’ of America rather than seeing a more painful and complicated truth, it matters. Yet there’s another problem that has grown exponentially with the rise of Trump and his fast and loose use of language. It’s one that affects those of us on the left of the political spectrum.