“Collectivespeak”

Submitted by an anonymous reader:

I often hear people use what I call “collectivespeak”. In essence, it consists of statements that attempt to include others into one’s view of the world. It is a form of generalization. It’s easy to do and I’ve done it myself. Here is one that bugs me the most:

We must support our troops.”

I take particular exception to this one since I do not have any “troops”. I take no responsibility for the actions of others – especially if they are hired killers who act as aggressors and are funded with stolen property (e.g. taxes).

Instead, I propose the following:

I will do my best to speak for myself. Will you extend me the same courtesy?

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