'War on Terror' Joins Dictionary of Modern Phrases

War on terror, axis of evil, 9/11 -- these are a few of the new entries in a British dictionary of modern phrase announced Wednesday which highlight how recent politics have shaped language.

Freedom fries, Camp X-Ray and Londonistan are further additions to the second edition of the Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable, which is being published on November 9.

Many of the entries, which also include regime change and decapitation strategy, are closely linked to the September 11 2001 attacks in the United States and the subsequent US/UK-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nicknames for politicans such as Tony Bliar (British Prime Minister Tony Blair) and Dubya (US President George W Bush) also feature.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable was first published in 1870 by the Reverend E Cobham Brewer and explains the roots of myths and sayings in common use.

It was originally targeted at people who did not have a university education but wanted to understand the origins of words.

Its 17th edition was published last year; the latest offering features more than 1,000 new entries.

Source: AFP

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