The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Word of the week: Afghanistanism
From Chapter 3 of the David Davies thesis on US press history from 1945 to 1965 that I've been looking at (September 9):
At the 1948 ASNE convention, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, editor of the Tulsa Tribune, delivered his "Afghanistanism" speech that became famous in newspaper circles. He decried the common practice among newspaper editorialists to comment extensively on non-local issues in faraway places, Afghanistan, say, while ignoring crucial issues at home.
According to this piece, the word was also used to refer to the one dead hometown resident is worth 5,000 dead Bangladeshis phenomenon.
I'm suprised I haven't noticed it the word before.
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