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Is there a word or expression that describes phrases like "Freedom fries" or "Death panels"? I'm thinking of phrases that seem intentionally designed to either re-frame a familiar concept or to be purposely evocative. The examples I can think of are mostly (US) political: "Job creators", "Death panels", "Death tax", "Freedom fries", etc.

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Noun/noun pairs? –  Mitch Jun 14 '12 at 20:13
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"Weasel words" or "loaded language". –  MετάEd Jun 14 '12 at 20:16
    
Might duplicate What's a phrase for abstract / eloquent / euphemistic prose? –  jwpat7 Jun 14 '12 at 22:04
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More generally, "labeling". See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda#Techniques –  MετάEd Jun 14 '12 at 23:35

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I would call them propaganda phrases and, in some cases, dog-whistle phrases.

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I don't know why you were downvoted. This strikes me as a good answer. –  J.R. Jun 14 '12 at 20:44
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Hadn't heard of "dog-whistle phrases". What a great way of describing them. MetaEd's "Weasel words" suggestion in the comments was good as well. –  michaelmichael Jun 14 '12 at 21:03

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