Inflammatory language is language that isn't dry or neutral in tone. This can include single words, phrases, names, or various discourse strategies. Whereas a textbook would be non-inflammatory because its factual and dry nature wouldn't offend, inflammatory language often intentionally provokes a reaction from the reader by use of strong rhetoric or controversial opinions. It can be used a euphemism for hate speech, but this isn't necessarily so.
Examples of inflammatory language are:
- Yelling "fire!" in a crowded movie theater.
- Yelling "pork!" in a crowded mosque.
- Yelling "AIDS!" in a crowded bathhouse.
- Yelling "free beer!" in a crowded AA meeting.
- Yelling "science!" in a crowded intelligent design conference.
- Yelling "Richard Dawkins!" in a crowded Christian fundamentalist meeting.
- Yelling "Immigration!" in a Texas bar.
- Typing "Anything critical of Andrew Schlafly" in Conservapedia.
- inflammatory "tending to excite anger, disorder or tumult, SEDITIOUS"
Adapted from RationalWiki