Instead of political double-speak I would like to look at a concerted effort of the media to alter the public opinion of the sucker punch. This is being achieved by replacing a phrase possessing a positive connotation with one that better describes the sinister act.
A sucker punch is basically punching someone in the head when they are not ready. Previously it was reported as a “King-Hit” which alludes to a grandiose and macho action. This has been replaced with the term “Coward Punch” which is a much more accurate description of it.
Growing up with my fair share of knuckleheads I was exposed to these word games in day to day life. The guy who threw the sucker punch would call it a “King Hit”. The one on the receiving end would label it a “Dog Shot”. The same action would receive a different name depending on which side of the altercation one was on.
Interestingly, in self-defence terminology it is called a “Pre-Emptive Strike”. The logic is that in a real life violent encounter blocking and dodging is ineffective. If you are reacting to the onslaught of the other person you are in a lot of trouble. One saying that sticks with me is “in order to succeed in a violent encounter, you need to be the one doing the violence to the other person”. This is good advice if you are in a terrible situation where violence is your only means of escape. Unfortunately many people resort to violence simply because they are losing an argument, or worse, just in a bad mood. “Pre-Emptive Strike” could be a way for a person to justify their “Coward Punch”. The USA invading a foreign country springs to mind for some reason.