AirTalk for February 13, 2007

The Language of Death

A group of California democrats, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, plan to reintroduce the Compassionate Choices Act in the state legislature this week. The language of the bill does not include the word "suicide." It would allow terminally ill patients, who are of sound mind, to request medication from doctors "to provide comfort with an assurance of peaceful dying if suffering becomes unbearable." Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg joins guest host Ted Chen to discuss the language and euphemisms used both politically and socially, when talking about death. California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine also joins the conversation.

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