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A General Style/Usage Request

I’d like the world’s reporters and commentators to stop referring to Iran as “the Islamic Republic.” How Islamic Iran’s government is may be up to interpretation, but Iran is no republic, and adopting the regime’s risible description of itself is a rhetorical capitulation rather like the now-accepted use of the euphemism “ethnic cleansing” for the old-fashioned terms “genocide” and “murder.” Words matter.

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