After the tragic Arizona shooting, the word “vitriol” was everywhere in the news. What is its literally dangerous meaning?
After Saturday’s shocking attack on Arizona lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords and a crowd of bystanders, an unusual word proliferated through all forms of media. Shortly after the shooting tragedy, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik cited “vitriolic rhetoric” as a potential source for the violence. This article is not about politics or the relationship of media and violence in American culture. The topic at hand, of course, …
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