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Comment: Think about this...

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Think about this...

What developes more respect in your mind under this finctional situation"?

Sit 1: Alright soldiers of Alpha Company, you have a long 4 day weekend ahead. When you go down town or reach your destination, try not to piss off the German Citizens.

Sit 2: Alright soldiers of Alpha Company, you have a long 4 day weekend ahead. When you go down town or reach your destination, try not to piss off the German Civilians.

By using Citizens, that term itself gives an impression that they -the citizens- have authority, power or ownership over something/body.

By using Civilian, that term gives an impression that they are a lower less powerful group. Sub-human to a soldier, no authority, no ownership.

Interesting, no?