On What We Mean When We Say That

“There’s no indication whatsoever that this is any act of terrorism,” assured Thomas G. Mangan, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

via Phoenix Area Rattled by Booby-Trapped Flashlights – NYTimes.com.

It is a weird corner we have worked ourselves into where a comment like the one above actually makes sense. So, like, it is terrorism, without a doubt; but it is not terrorism. Does everyone understand?