Three Mile Island was not an accident; it was an ''abnormal evolution.'' Safety reports are not doctored; they are ''word engineered.'
These terms belong to the vocabulary of ''nukespeak,'' a dialect peculiar to proponents of nuclear power and weapons. It's not merely doubletalk, but a whole way of thinking, and its use can hinder dialogue between pronuclear forces and their critics.
The aim of ''Nukespeak'' is ''to help readers understand the language, visions, and mindset underlying nuclear development.''