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A beginner’s guide to trigger words that ruin good discussions

Social justice. Capitalism. Socialism. Nationalism. Systemic racism. Each of these can be “trigger words,” which describes words that trigger strong emotions, sometimes positive, often negative. The granddaddy of all trigger words is probably “fascist.” In 1944, a quarter century after Mussolini coined this term, George Orwell commented that fascism “is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, […]


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