Internment Camps

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Today's local news (KING 5) had a story about an "internment camp survivor." OK, I think the U.S. internment camps were a terrible thing ... but "survivor"? That's like saying someone is a Yosemite Park survivor: yes, some people tragically died, but it was rare and they were unfortunate accidents.

Maybe they just couldn't come up with another word. Maybe victim? Too wimpy ... maybe former prisoner? Too blunt ... maybe simply, internee? Whatever you choose, "survivor" implies death was expected, common, or normal, and that's simply not the case at all.

Of course, this is the same news program that earlier in the week had a graphic on the screen about the release of the "Intellegence (sic) Report."

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