New Internationalist

Wordpower

Issue 371

The language of international politics…

amBush n. pre-emptive strike. v. to strike pre-emptively.

Bush-fire n. fire that, once started, rages out of control.

diplomacy n. management of international relations; skill in negotiation. (Amer. Eng.) shooting someone until they agree with you.

abase n. Guantanamo Bay (colloq.)

oxymoron n. United Nations.

Mitchell and Richardson

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