How Does the Language We Use Legitimize (or Delegitimize)?

This interesting article looks at the language we use about history — especially that of the Civil War (or should it be called War of Rebellion):

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/

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“How a Blond American Kid Became a Huge Star In Saudi Arabia” Washington Post

December 16
 “Say the name Joshua Van Alstine in Saudi Arabia and the likely response is a blank stare.

But mention his Web-born persona, Abu Muteb, and chances are good that you will get a knowing nod or a wry smile for the baby-faced American military brat. He slings Saudi­accented Arabic, wears traditional Arabian robes, mixes comedy and commentary, and may be one of the Arab world’s most improbable celebrities.”

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/how-a-blond-american-kid-became-a-huge-star-in-saudi-arabia/2015/12/15/9d614a36-a2bf-11e5-8318-bd8caed8c588_story.html?tid=sm_fb