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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
"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
More generally, "labeling". See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda#Techniques – MετάEd Jun 14 '12 at 23:35
up vote 6 down vote accepted

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
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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