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Weapons of mass destruction

Posted by ESC on January 06, 2003

Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, Associated Press story:

ATLANTA - A long-winded phrase whose meaning reflects a nation's worry about war with Iraq has been voted 2002's word of the American Dialect Society selected "weapons of mass destruction" as its annual choice at a meeting in Atlanta.

"The term goes back 50 years, but you can't turn on the radio or television without hearing about 'weapons of mass destruction,'" said Wayne Glowka, an English professor at Georgia College & State University who is also chairman of the society's new words committee.

The society made its selection Friday...