From the sister site, Muster Outside DC 4-19-2010:
I’m not saying anyone should be banned just for using certain words, but I would like to put out there some words that I think we should avoid in connection to this event, especially on the networking and blog sites, and especially with the media.
For now, words I’m proposing we avoid (so far) are:
The R-word – Not because it sounds threatening or extreme so much as for the simple fact that if you use it with the media, you will be laughed at, as things stand now. If the MSM is able to capture a soundbite of a someone with a rifle using the R-word, we’ll be laughed at, pure and simple. I, for one, do not claim common cause with someone who throws out the R-word that freely. If someone wishes to throw the word out in connection with this event, I say go to Gravelly Point with us, but put your money where your mouth is and cross the bridge over the Potomac and go north. If you’re not on the other side of the Potomac with your gear, don’t be a keyboard commando and embarrass yourself by using the R-word without the proper level of respect due to what it really means.
The T-word – If someone uses the word “terrorism” or “terrorist,” it just makes it too easy for the MSM to edit footage or select a portion of a written post to make it look like that’s what we are. i don’t see any reason for the word to even come up. If someone, especially media, asks anyone a question using the T word, please avoid it. I would just avoid using the word in any answer and break off the line of questioning if necessary. They WILL try to get you to say a “juicy soundbite;” that’s what they’re after.
The O-word – This one applies more to online communications. This term, “O-P-S-E-C”, I think, is one of the most overused, misused, and unnecessary words to be found on Patriot and Militia websites. To those who don’t know, it means “operational security.” It comes from the military and has to do with “not revealing plans to the enemy” or “keeping secrets.” It does not so much refer to the physical security of an operation, but more the secrecy of an operation. To say “Be careful to use O-word,” and to say it ONLINE, for all to see, is implying that you have an “OPeration” that needs to be “SECure” (“SECret”). And all it does is make whoever is reading the “O-word” post all the more curious as to what exactly the “Op” is that needs to be “Sec’d.”
What we’re doing here on this site is totally open, hence no need for the O-word. And besides, to even use the O-word online betrays what the O-word means and just invites more attention of the negative kind.
Now these are just suggestions at this point, but no one has raised any objections on the networking site so far.