The terminology surrounding atomic weapons is filled with every day, nonthreatening namesakes such as mushroom clouds and yellowcake uranium. Inversely, many of the words we use daily have been lifted from nuclear origins, such as “nuking” food in the microwave or bikini swimwear. These innocuous overlaps in language normalize and mollify the dangers that atomic topics pose to every person. This zine explores some of these phrases, where they came from, and my thoughts on the intersection of language and nuclear weapons.
The Atomic Mundane Zine
Writing & layout for Honors Senior Seminar: The Atomic Age (Prof. Yuki Miyamoto)