Tag: indexicality

What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

Adam Hodges , August 5th, 2019


The controversy over the term “concentration camps” stems from the connotations it carries, setting up analogies that risk hyperbole and overlook the complexities of historical comparison. The governm…


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Reclaiming “Allahu Akbar” from Semantic Pejoration

Adam Hodges , August 1st, 2018


Allāhu akbar, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest,” has gained connotations in US public discourse that differ vastly from its meaning among Muslims. Understanding this process…


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How “Fake News” Lost Its Meaning

Adam Hodges , June 6th, 2018


Collins Dictionary named “fake news” its 2017 word of the year, an easy choice given the word’s “unprecedented usage increase” of 365 percent over the previous year. Collins…


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Benjamin Peters’ (2016) fascinating essay on the keyword ‘digital’

John Postill , July 20th, 2016


A physical copy of the brand new book Digital Keywords (2016) has just arrived through the post. On first inspection, it looks fantastic, and I’ve got the feeling…


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