Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Blood libel

Sarah Palin has been denounced lately for her poor choice of words. She used ‘blood libel’ while defending herself against the accusations that she may have inadvertently motivated the man suspected of shooting a Congress woman, a federal judge, and scores others in Tucson, Arizona.

The use of the term ‘blood libel’ has been on the rise in the books published in English, according to the  millions of books scanned by Google. The graphic below suggests that there has been a resurgence in its use as of late, especially since 2003.


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