The Year In Buzz Words

After U.N. inspectors revealed last week that Iraq had failed to disclose some information about its weapons programs, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Iraq was again in "material breach" of U.N. resolutions, bringing the U.S. closer to war. Material breach, hitherto an unfamiliar bit of legalese, today is the preferred euphemism for "liar, liar." It's just one of several words and phrases that took on new currency in 2002.

--REGIME CHANGE The polite way of saying we want someone ousted. Bush goes after Saddam: Iraq needs a regime change. Bush axes Paul O'Neill and Lawrence Lindsey: Economic regime change?


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