Writing about the frequent Arab terrorist qassam attacks on Israel has all sorts of linguistic difficulties. I never quite know what to call the weapons. I absolutely hate the Israeli media favorite "rackettot," little rockets, which sounds just too cute and harmless.
Onomatopoeia is a very effective linguistic tool. By giving a dangerous, potentially fatal weapon a cute, fun-sounding, child-like name, one is decreasing associative fear and terror. When I hear the word "rocket," I think "rocket to the moon," a great, thrilling adventure and challenge.
The Israeli Government, more exactly successive Israeli Governments have been wasting time and money trying to invent protective devices, like the Iron Dome, instead of sending the IDF against to terrorists to destroy them and their missiles/weapons.
Some of the "protective gear" have been rather low-tech, like the sewer pipes placed in southern neighborhoods housing Disengagement Gush Katif "DP's."
newer ideas remind me more of coffins or old now banned refrigerators in which people especially children got locked into.
This coming February the Home Front Command will stage a test in the Negev a variety of technologies for protecting civilians under rocket attack.Let's just send in the heavy artillery to destroy the Arab terrorists!
Lt. Col. Tzachi Zarko, Head of the Engineering Branch of the Home Front Command told IMRA that besides testing equipment designed by the Home Front Command itself – including a 'protected bed' that looks like a regular bed though can be transformed into a 'protected hut' during emergencies and a special closet that can be used as a safe room, the Home Front Command will make available whole “test rooms” that companies can outfit with protection equipment and technologies.
The metal closet as designed by the Home Front Command would cost around 10,000 NIS and is prohibitively heavy. The bed, as now designed, would also cost around NIS 10,000,
*Doesn't "airborne torpedo" sound much more dangerous than raining or falling rockets?