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Gun Metaphors Deeply Embedded In English Language

Mar 19, 2013 (All Things Considered) — Gun-oriented language is so pervasive in American English that even Vice President Joe Biden, in a recent press conference about curbing gun violence, discussed "shooting" for a given deadline and the lack of a "silver bullet." Melissa Block speaks with Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries for Oxford University Press, about how American English came to be peppered with so many of the terms.

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