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Thornton P. Knowles On What Sociologists Have Done To The English Languish

The language of sociology is made up of vague, often meaningless jargon designed to dull the senses and distort reality. This is particularly true when criminologists talk about crime and criminal justice. The destroyers of precise, vivid English have given us mindless phrases such as "anti-social behavior," "juvenile delinquent," "root causes," and "reform school." In the vocabulary of sociology, depraved behavior became "deviant behavior.
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