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pernicious
used in Do You Speak American?

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harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
  • ...new system ... of ever fancier techniques of not teaching English, for which, if the methods involved new technologies and were couched in the appropriately impenetrable jargon, grants could readily be obtained; and (4) television—the non-language and aboriginal grammar of commercials, commentators, sports announcers, athletes, assorted celebrities, and just about everyone on that word-mongering and word-mangling medium, that sucks in victims far more perniciously than radio ever did.
    one — The Language Wars (15% in)

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