A Choice of Words

Here’s an interesting exercise. Replace one word in the Vancouver Sun headline below, and ask how the meaning of the headline has changed. Let’s replace “admits” with “argues”. Such a change makes the revealed “truth” more a matter of debate and interpretation. Yet I’d argue that this is a reasonable change in wording, given that the article itself never says “admit”, and that Angela Merkel has made a fairly dramatic, and probably strategic, change in her own position on German “multiculturalism”.

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Posted by Colin Welch at 7:56 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 8:22 PM

 

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