Listen up, Bill Keller. A reader writes:
Last night my 13 year old daughter happened to see one of the short clips of someone being waterboarded that they show on the news when discussing "enhanced interrogation techniques". She asked in a sort of amazed way, "What are they doing!" "Waterboarding him", I answered. She asks, "what's that?" I decided to let her make up her own mind, so I kind of danced around it. "It's something they do to try to get information out of someone."
Her response: "Oh, you mean torture?"
Yeah: you know. In English. The same word the NYT used when it wasn't sucking up to Dick Cheney.