This is only loosely language related, but it falls within the use of language writ large, I think, and it is too funny not to mention.
The often hilarious blog “Lowering the Bar” recently featured this story about a prosecuting attorney who filed a motion that sought to ban the defense attorney from referring to him as “the Government.” The prosecutor argued that the defense counsel was using the term in a derogatory way, and should be made to stop doing that. The defense attorney noted that the motion should be denied because the prosecutor did not support it with any citation to any legal authority and that granting the motion would violate his First Amendment rights. He then humiliated the prosecutor by pointing out the absurdity of the argument by insisting that the prosecutor should not be allowed to call him “the defense” as that has negative connotations (therefore, he should be referred to as “the Resistance"), and his client should be referred to as “that innocent man” not “the accused” (since the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty, which, by definition, has not yet occurred), and that if, as the prosecutor suggested, the prosecutor should be referred to as “General” So-and-So, then he should be referred to as “Captain Justice” (defense counsel had the good fortune of having the surname “Justice").
Quite hilarious, but I think there is a semi-interesting point here. FWIW, I think it’s true that the phrase “the Government” has negative connotations in some circumstances, and it is not uncommon for defense counsel to play on those negative connotations to their advantage. It is also true that facially neutral terms, like “the Government”, can be said with a certain sneer or intonation that makes them plainly derogatory, and, if a term is used with a certain sneer or intonation enough times, it can carry a derogatory tone even without a visible sneer or a distinct intonation. But, none of that is a justifiable reason to forbid a defense attorney from using a facially neutral term like “the Government” in the course of defending a client. As the defense counsel implies, many other terms, including the accused, the suspect, or even the defendant, have just the same sort of negative connotations (if not more so) and can be (and not uncommonly are) used by prosecutors for the same sort of rhetorical effect for which “the Government” is used by defense counsel. And, certainly, “the defense” can be said, and not uncommonly is said, with a slightly disparaging intonation.