Shocked and Awed: A Dictionary of the War on Terror

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Part reference, part polemic, part compelling snapshot of our times, Shocked and Awed is a bristling arsenal of potent weapons: words. Fred Halliday's unorthodox dictionary defines hundreds of words and phrases used about 9/11, the wars and other events that have followed it, and ongoing issues linked to those events. He shows how the War on Terror, itself a fascinating linguistic construct, has brought us not just new words, such as "Gitmo," and new imports, such as "jihad," but also new ways of using existing language, such as "extraordinary rendition." His definitions include religious, political, and military terms; famous quotes and phrases; cultural phenomena and personalities; euphemisms of war; important Middle Eastern vocabulary; stereotypes and insults; and much more. Taken together, these words tell a new story about the power and malleability of language and its important role in the central conflicts of our day. An essential reference, Shocked and Awed will keep readers informed and up-to-date on the global vocabulary war being waged around us in the twenty-first century.

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Fred Halliday (1946–2010) was ICREA Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for International Studies and the author of numerous books, including 100 Myths about the Middle East (UC Press), The World at 2000, and Two Hours That Shook the World.

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“The reading is fascinating and raises important questions about the use and misuse of the English language. This book ought to be in all public and academic libraries.” (Steve Stratton Booklist 2011-10-01)

“Halliday’s unorthodox dictionary defines hundreds of words and phrases used about 9/11, the wars and other events that have followed it. . . . Taken together, these words tell a new story about the power and malleability of language and its important role in the central conflicts of our day.” (Foreword 2011-05-12)

“An excellent volume for those who wonder about the history and definition of terrorism-related terms.” (K. Evans Choice 2011-12-01)

“Unusual and rewarding. . . . Halliday does an excellent job of proving the ways language is used to promote specific agendas.” (Mary Axford, Reference and Subject Librarian, Georgia Institute of Technology Reference Reviews 2013-01-11)

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