COLD WAR: Revised Vocabulary

The Sunday Times of London reported from Berlin that 178 terms of abuse hitherto approved for use against the West by Communist speakers in East Germany have now been banned. Among them:

capitalist slave owners

capitalist beasts

imperialist bloodsuckers

dehumanized Western bandits terror plutocrats

boogie-woogie gangsters

mass butchers moneybag hyenas

terror pilots

violators of culture

carrion vultures

scum and dregs of humanity In addition, a specific Western statesman may no longer be referred to as a

fascist bandit

despoiler of corpses

delirious subhuman being


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