Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Week: Book Sale! Plus, More on the Language of Politics on the Podcast + oppress/repress

Dictators commonly oppress their citizens and repress dissent, but these words don’t mean exactly the same thing. “Repress” just means “keep under control.” Sometimes repression is a good thing: “During the job interview, repress the temptation to tell Mr. Brown that he has toilet paper stuck to his shoe.” Oppression is always bad, and implies serious persecution.


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