Most of us should be familiar with how the implications of words change depending on who is using them, as radio host Jon Faine discovered the hard way earlier this week.  

Anyone following my social media would be aware of my vehement distaste for the word “regime.” Politically speaking, a “regime” is an authoritarian government, and this certainly applies to many in the Middle East, including that of Syria’s Ba’athist government headed by President Bashar al-Assad.