I am fed up with reading in the papers about ‘terrorists’ doing this and that.
Anyone remember Nelson Mandela being called a ‘terrorist’? Well, he was, over and over, for many years.
Someone using the word “terrorist” is a fairly reliable symptom of an attempt to stop their readers thinking, and simply to scare and repel them from the people under discussion.
It is quite similar in that regard to the use of words such as “nigger”, “kike”, “towel-head”, etc.
[For detail, I recommend a perusal of Steven Poole’s fine book ‘Unspeak’.]
And before I get flamed, let me remark that I myself am a convinced believer in and practitioner of non-violence. I don’t condone asymmetric warfare. But neither do I condone lazy and ‘violent’ communication.