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Geronimo! When Is It OK to Use a Term with Native American Roots?

Among the many aftershocks of the killing of Osama bin Laden was the controversy over the use of “Geronimo” as a code-name for the terrorist.

Among the many linguistic aftershocks of the killing of Osama bin Laden—including the spread of terms such as “EKIA” (enemy killed in action) and the birth of the proofers, our latest conspiracy theorists—was the understandable controversy over the use of “Geronimo” as a code-name for Osama bin Laden. Geronimo was, after all, a defender of Apache tribal lands and Native American hero.

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