Diplomacy is an art of speech

Words that are said by ambassadors that aren’t said by commoners include, “in the strongest possible terms.” It’s basically a distilled way of expressing a lot of redundant things. A limit is reached in words, as Lacan might agree, that reality exists beyond words, but as a diplomat has no business doing much else besides dialogue, their expertise ends at phrases like “strongest.” There isn’t much else that could be suggested beyond “strongest.” But it’s interesting to see the evolution of diplomatic speech, if anything as changed over decades, or centuries.


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