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  Doublespeak - SourceWatch
Doublespeak is language deliberately constructed to disguise its actual meaning, such as euphemisms.
Doublespeak may be considered, in Orwell's lexicography, as the B vocabulary of Newspeak, words "deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them."
William Lutz, a professor at Rutgers University, has written several books about doublespeak and is the former editor of the Doublespeak Quarterly Review, which examines ways that jargon has polluted the public vocabulary with phrases, words and usages of words designed to obscure the meaning of plain English.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Doublespeak   (2971 words)

  
  Doublespeak - Article from FactBug.org - the fast Wikipedia mirror site
Doublespeak is language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a "communication bypass".
Doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms ("downsizing" for "firing of many employees") or deliberately ambiguous phrases ("wet work" for "assassination").
The term has also come to be used by extension in the term doublespeak argument, which means a debate where one or more sides puts forth purposely false reasoning for its point of view to disguise its true intentions.
www.factbug.org /cgi-bin/a.cgi?a=8478   (525 words)

  
 Faulkner University - Language, Appearance, and Reality: Doublespeak in 1984
Doublespeak is not a new use of language peculiar to the politics or economics of the twentieth century.
Doublespeak which calls cab drivers "urban transportation specialists," elevator operators "members of the vertical transportation corps," and automobile mechanics "automotive internists" can be considered humorous and relatively harmless.
Doublespeak is insidious because it can infect and ultimately destroy the function of language, which is communication between people and social groups.
www.faulkner.edu /academics/artsandsciences/socialandbehavioral/readings/an/doublespeak.asp   (3033 words)

  
  DOUBLESPEAK, DOUBLE TALK. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
Doublespeak frequently renames the world with euphemisms-especially the political, the economic, and the social world-so that what is ugly or cruel or inexcusable may be made to appear plausible or kind or acceptable.
Avoid using either doublespeak or double talk even inadvertently, unless your intent is to deceive.
And be constantly on guard against their use on you by others, and don’t let others’ jargon befuddle you; used to overwhelm the uninitiated, it too is meant to deceive or give a false impression of competence.
www.bartleby.com /68/8/2008.html   (265 words)

  
 Dot Connections: Doublespeak Alert: Bush Administration Redefines "Hunger" as "Low Food Security"   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms ("downsizing" for "firing of many employees") or deliberately ambiguous phrases ("wet work" for "assassination", "take out" for "destroy").
Doublespeak may be considered, in Orwell's lexicography, as the B vocabulary of Newspeak, words "deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them."
Doublespeak is most reminiscent of Orwell's "newspeak" when it is used by a government agency to cover up something unpleasant.
nobleamericans.blogspot.com /2006/11/doublespeak-alert-bush-administration.html   (617 words)

  
 Life under the Chief Doublespeak Officer
Doublespeak is language that only pretends to say something; it's language that hides, evades or misleads.
Doublespeak comes in many forms, from the popular buzzwords that everyone uses but no one really understands - "glocalization," "competitive dynamics," "re-equitizing" and "empowerment" - to language that tries to hide meaning: "re-engineering," "synergy," "adjustment," "restructure" and "force management program."
Doublespeak can pay for the company, but usually not for the workers who lose their jobs.
www.dt.org /html/Doublespeak.html   (677 words)

  
 Wikinfo | Doublespeak   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Doublespeak is language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a "communication bypass".
In addition, doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms ("downsizing" for "firing of many employees") or deliberately ambiguous phrases ("wet work" for "assassination").
The term has come to be used by extension in the term doublespeak argument, which means a debate where one or more sides puts forth purposely false reasoning for its point of view to disguise its true intentions.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Doublespeak   (862 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Doublespeak
Doublespeak may be in the form of bald euphemisms ("downsizing" for "firing of many employees") or deliberately ambiguous phrases ("wet work" for "assassination", "take out" for "destroy").
Doublespeak may be considered, in Orwell's lexicography, as the B vocabulary of Newspeak, words "deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them."
Doublespeak is most reminiscent of Orwell's "newspeak" when it is used by a government agency to cover up something unpleasant.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Doublespeak   (837 words)

  
 Doublespeak
Doublespeak is mainly geared toward English teachers and upper-classmen; freshmen English students may have some difficulty understanding the underlying theories of critical think ing involved.
Doublespeak was required reading back in my undergraduate rhetorical theory class; I have used it more than once for classes I have taught, and I'm told it is widely used in other forums as well.
Gobbledygook is probably the easiest type of doublespeak to p erpetrate on an unsuspecting audience, because all that's needed is to endlessly pile on words and overwhelm whomever is listening.
personal.bgsu.edu /~pcesari/DS1.html   (1786 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyone's Saying Anymore: Books: William Lutz   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This is the second book by the doublespeak detective who entertains, angers, and motivates with his continuing exposure of the nonsense language that pervades the public atmosphere.
With brevity, clarity, and wit, Lutz explains that doublespeak is language that makes the bad seem good, the negative appear positive, the unpleasant appear attractive or at least tolerable.
Or, to employ current doublespeak we could choose to call this same act: eliminating redundancies in the human resources area or destaffing., Then again, we could also say that the employees were derecruited, deselected, dis-employed, outplaced, non-retained or idled indefinitely.
www.amazon.com /New-Doublespeak-Anyones-Saying-Anymore/dp/0060928395   (2067 words)

  
 This Shit Doesn't Stink
This one was obviously inspired by the assignment to "write something on doublespeak" and the news that the logorrheac speaker had responded to mounting charges that he'd falsified his statements to the House Ethics Committee by explaining that he regretted any "inaccuracies" in reporting.
Post-modern English has become Silly Putty in the hands of politicians and their spin doctors, corporate PR departments, the military, and other organizations and individuals who sometimes play fast and loose with the facts to make the negative positive, to cover up ignorance, or to perform other language sleight-of-hand.
Increasingly sophisticated tools, such as focus groups wired to real-time analytic software, are being used to scrutinize the public's response to speeches and the media — in order to engineer more potent language (best serving the interests of the speakers, not necessarily those of the audience).
www.stim.com /Stim-x/8.2/doublespeak/doublespeak.html   (434 words)

  
 NCTE Doublespeak Award   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The NCTE Doublespeak Award, established in 1974 and given by the NCTE Committee on Public Doublespeak, is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered.
Doublespeak Committee Chair William Lutz cited Secretary Carlucci, Admiral Crowe, and Rear Admiral Fogarty for language used in the report on the incident and for comments made in the August 19 news conference held to release and discuss the report.
Doublespeak Committee Chair William Lutz quoted news reports in which CIA Director William Casey said the manual's purpose was "to make every guerilla persuasive in face-to-face communication" and to develop "political awareness," and insisted that the manual's "emphasis is on education.
www.ncte.org /about/awards/council/jrnl/106868.htm   (3716 words)

  
 Death Order Doublespeak
It took years of media doublespeak and "court-ordered starvation" headlines to condition the public to believe that a judge has the authority to order the withholding of all forms of nourishment from a human being in the United States of America.
Gibbs asked Judge Greer for permission to give Terri food and water naturally—as though he was asking for a privilege instead of standing on her right to receive regular food and water per the Florida statutes.
This is doublespeak and Terri died because of it.
www.libertytothecaptives.net /greer_doublespeak.html   (2542 words)

  
 Examples of Paragraph Coherence, Parallel Structure, Doublespeak
The two introductory paragraphs from the essay "Doublespeak" by William Lutz illustrate the use of parallel structure in sentences to express coordinate ideas.
Doublespeak is language that avoids or shifts responsibility, language that is at variance with its real or purported meaning.
The pattern of the sentences is very similar: the kind of doublespeak is named by a predicate noun and then defined by either an appositive, an independent sentence, or a relative adjective clause.
www.moonstar.com /~acpjr/Blackboard/Common/Glossary/Doublespeak.html   (847 words)

  
 Doublespeak
The intention here is to call attention to mass acceptance of currently popular doublespeak in news media, academia, and politics.
Doublespeak may be, and problably is, consciously used to deceive.
Noted examples of doublethink and doublespeak may be e-mailed to monques@i-link-2.net.
landru.i-link-2.net /monques/dblspk.html   (1130 words)

  
 Iraq: Democracy Or Doublespeak?
Americans, fundamentally a decent people, used doublespeak to adjust their sensibilities, having learned that they went to war on a whim and a lie.
US doublespeak exported abroad is nuanced differently, assuring Iraqis that the whim and a lie have been for a noble cause: Democracy.
But in doublespeak, elections are now a “related program activity” of a group selected by the US to select other groups who will then select still others, ultimately leading to a government that the Bush administration thinks is best for Iraq.
www.arabnews.com /?page=7§ion=0&article=39784&d=20&m=2&y=2004   (868 words)

  
 Rhetoric for Engineers: Doublespeak   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The term "doublespeak" refers to the George Orwell novel, 1984, in which the government had a policy of purposely obfuscating its communications to make the people think that what was happening (e.g.
Doublespeak consists of using intentionally vague or complex language to distract the audience from any possible negative interpretation of information.
We are seeing a dumbing down of the American vocabulary, partly because people try to elevate their ideas and activities, but mostly because baby boomers never gravitated beyond the limited vocabulary they had in playschool.
www.tcnj.edu /~rgraham/rhetoric/doublespeak.html   (248 words)

  
 The Signal: News for Santa Clarita Valley, California   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One method often carried to its diabolical limits is "doublespeak," an ornate and allegorical idiom fashioned to disguise the actual meaning of things, and usually employed by government, the military and corporations to bamboozle, hoodwink and swindle the credulous, the ignorant and the uninformed.
Doublespeak is most reminiscent of Orwell's "newspeak" when it is articulated by a government agency to cover up some unpleasantness.
The government might reluctantly be forced to address topics that have negative connotations for large segments of the public, and to avoid backlash it will replace a term with a new one that most people will not recognize as signifying the same thing.
www.the-signal.com /?module=displaystory&story_id=34576&format=html   (992 words)

  
 ThisCanadian: Doublespeak and the War on Terrorism
Doublespeak and the War on Terrorism Timothy Lynch is director of the Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice and coauthor of “Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush,” (2006).
Since some high-ranking government officials and pundits are now referring to the war on terror as the “Long War” or “World War III,” because its duration is not clear, now is an appropriate time to take a few steps back and examine the disturbing new vocabulary that has emerged from this conflict.
Despite our general awareness of the tactic, government officials routinely use doublespeak to expand, or at least maintain, their power.
thiscanadian.typepad.com /this_canadian/2006/09/doublespeak_and.html   (414 words)

  
 MUSHARRAF AND THE ART OF DOUBLESPEAK   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The unique thing is he actually puts his doublespeak not only in words, but also in action.
Of course governments the world over now use doublespeak, when they speak of "collateral damage" to mask death of innocent persons at the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to their website, the "NCTE Doublespeak Award, established in 1974 and given by the NCTE Committee on Public Doublespeak, is an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered." The Pakistan President richly deserves it.
www.saag.org /papers21/paper2001.html   (961 words)

  
 doublespeak
We are concerned with doublespeak becoming reality and want to bring to the surface the atrocities of governmental and political lies.
We choose to reveal the current issues of doublespeak with a new series of posters for each set of doublespeak.
Doublespeak is committed to extensive research on all topics it chooses to bring to the forefront.
people.artcenter.edu /~weigel/1styear/doublespeak.html   (1574 words)

  
 DoubleSpeak with Matthew and Peter Slutsky
This is DoubleSpeak’s video response to a great story about Senator David Vitter’s admitted affair with a DC prostitute.
I am promoting it to the DoubleSpeak community because I really believe in it and I think that the more users we can get, the more good we can do for the world.
DoubleSpeak with Matthew and Peter Slutsky is proudly powered by WordPress
www.doublespeakshow.com   (1376 words)

  
 Environmental Doublespeak - Environmental Ethics and Greenwashing Language (Environmental Article)
In George Orwell's amazing (and scary) novel "1984," people used "newspeak" and "doublethink." It was soon after that the term "doublespeak" started being used to describe the words of politicians who were trying to sound like they were saying something without really having said anything tangible they could be pinned down on.
There is also something that might be called "insult doublespeak." This type of environmental doublespeak is intended to not only assert the speaker's enthusiasm for making progress on environmental problems but also to cast doubt on the motives or mental capacity of anyone who would criticize or oppose their views:
The overall strategy of practitioners of environmental doublespeak is to soothe the public's concern about environmental problems while they act quietly to implement changes that please political patrons and weaken environmental protection.
www.grinningplanet.com /2004/10-19/environmental-doublespeak-ethics-article.htm   (1003 words)

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