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Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management - Speak Are Strangling Public Language

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Publisher Comments:

A brilliant and scathing polemic about the sorry state of the English Language andwhat we can — and must — do about it.

When was the last time you heard a politician use words that rang with truth and meaning? Do your eyes glaze over when you read a letter from your bank or insurance company addressing you as a valued customer? Does your mind shut down when your employer starts talking about making a commitment going forward or enhancing your key competencies? Are you enervated by in terms of, irritated by impactful, infuriated by downsizing, rightsizing, decruiting, and dejobbing? Does business process re-engineering and attriting fail to give you ramp-up — in terms of your personal lifestyle?

Today's corporations, news media, education departments — and, perhaps most troubling, politicians — speak to us and to each other in clichéd, impenetrable, lifeless babble. Toni Morrison has called it the "disabled and disabling" language of the powerful, "evacuated language," and "dead language." Orwell called it "anesthetic" language. In Death Sentences, Don Watson takes up the fight against it: the pestilence of bullet points, the dearth of verbs, the buzzwords, the weasel words and cant, the Newspeak of a kind Orwell could not have imagined. Published in Australia in November 2003, Death Sentences gained a massive following among the legions of bright, sensitive people who Could Not Take It Anymore. More than a year later, it remains a national bestseller.

Review:

"An important read for anyone who holds language dear." Daily Telegraph

Review:

"The Book of the Year...witty, erudite, and funny. Awfully funny." Australian Financial Review

Review:

"Nobody writes more lyrically or cares more about words and those who murder them." Sydney Morning Herald

Review:

"[O]bliterates the vernacular vandals among journalists, academics, politicians, and business people with deadly aim." Murray Waldren, Australian

Synopsis:

In this Australian bestseller, Watson takes up the fight against the pestilence of bullet points, the dearth of verbs, buzzwords, weasel words, and "Newspeak" of the kind Orwell could not have imagined. His brilliant and scathing exploration of the sorry state of the English language reveals what people can — and must — do about it.

Synopsis:

A brilliant and scathing polemic about the sorry state of the English Language and what we can—and must—do about it.

When was the last time you heard a politician use words that rang with truth and meaning? Do your eyes glaze over when you read a letter from your bank or insurance company addressing you as a valued customer? Does your mind shut down when your employer starts talking about making a commitment going forward or enhancing your key competencies? Are you enervated by in terms of, irritated by impactful, infuriated by downsizing, rightsizing, decruiting, and dejobbing? Does business process re-engineering and attriting fail to give you ramp-up—in terms of your personal lifestyle?

Toda‛s corporations, news media, education departments—and, perhaps most troubling, politicians—speak to us and to each other in clichĂ©d, impenetrable, lifeless babble. Toni Morrison has called it the“disabled and disablin” language of the powerful,“evacuated language” and“dead language” Orwell called it“anestheti” language. In Death Sentences, Don Watson takes up the fight against it: the pestilence of bullet points, the dearth of verbs, the buzzwords, the weasel words and cant, the Newspeak of a kind Orwell could not have imagined.

Published in Australia in November 2003, Death Sentences gained a massive following among the legions of bright, sensitive people who Could Not Take It Anymore. More than a year later, it remains a national bestseller.

Praise:

“An important read for anyone who holds language dear”

–Lucy Clark, Daily Telegraph

“The Book of the YearÂ… witty, erudite, and funny. Awfully funny”

–The Australian Financial Review

“Nobody writes more lyrically or cares more about words and those who murder them”

–Sydney Morning Herald

“Witty, excoriating, and horrifying, [DEATH SENTENCE] should be every politicia‛s, academi‛s, businessma‛s, journalis‛s, and bureaucra‛s choice for book of the year— and, alas, the era”

–Robert Drewe,“Books of the Year” The Age

“Â…should leave us afraid, very afraidÂ… Anyone involved in writing for public consumption should read it—and sooner rather than later”

–Frances Wilkins, Lawyers Weekly

“Â…obliterates the vernacular vandals among journalists, academics, politicians, and business people with deadly aim”

–Murray Waldren, Australian

“BrilliantÂ… tempered by sorrow”

–Peter Price, Bulletin

“Â…an amusing and stimulating book. Watso‛s writing is the antithesis of all he deplores: it is humane and welcoming”

–James Ley, Age

“Watson writes well—passionately, fiercely, with generous sprinkles of wit and vitriolÂ… Expect an entertaining ride”

–Ruth Wajnryb,

Sydney Morning Herald

“Â…scathingly funny and deadly serious”

–Jose Borghino, Marie Claire

“A book of unusual significance, a meditation on our times as much as a work on languageÂ… [it] will still be read—and enjoyed—in 50 year‛ time”

–Jim Davidson, Eureka Street

“Always lucid and wittyÂ… a resource of painful delight”

–John McLaren, Overla

About the Author

Don Watson is one of Australia's best-known writers and public intellectuals. For more than twenty-five years he has written books, essays, and reviews for the stage and television. For part of his life he was a political satirist and for another part a political speechwriter, including four years with Paul Keating, the former Labor Prime Minister. His 2001 Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM was a #1 national bestseller and a multiple award winner. He lectures widely on writing and language.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592401406
Subtitle:
How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language
Author:
Watson, Don
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
General
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060504
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.36x5.48x.88 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 208 pages Gotham - English 9781592401406 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An important read for anyone who holds language dear."
"Review" by , "The Book of the Year...witty, erudite, and funny. Awfully funny."
"Review" by , "Nobody writes more lyrically or cares more about words and those who murder them."
"Review" by , "[O]bliterates the vernacular vandals among journalists, academics, politicians, and business people with deadly aim."
"Synopsis" by , In this Australian bestseller, Watson takes up the fight against the pestilence of bullet points, the dearth of verbs, buzzwords, weasel words, and "Newspeak" of the kind Orwell could not have imagined. His brilliant and scathing exploration of the sorry state of the English language reveals what people can — and must — do about it.
"Synopsis" by , A brilliant and scathing polemic about the sorry state of the English Language and what we can—and must—do about it.

When was the last time you heard a politician use words that rang with truth and meaning? Do your eyes glaze over when you read a letter from your bank or insurance company addressing you as a valued customer? Does your mind shut down when your employer starts talking about making a commitment going forward or enhancing your key competencies? Are you enervated by in terms of, irritated by impactful, infuriated by downsizing, rightsizing, decruiting, and dejobbing? Does business process re-engineering and attriting fail to give you ramp-up—in terms of your personal lifestyle?

Toda‛s corporations, news media, education departments—and, perhaps most troubling, politicians—speak to us and to each other in clichĂ©d, impenetrable, lifeless babble. Toni Morrison has called it the“disabled and disablin” language of the powerful,“evacuated language” and“dead language” Orwell called it“anestheti” language. In Death Sentences, Don Watson takes up the fight against it: the pestilence of bullet points, the dearth of verbs, the buzzwords, the weasel words and cant, the Newspeak of a kind Orwell could not have imagined.

Published in Australia in November 2003, Death Sentences gained a massive following among the legions of bright, sensitive people who Could Not Take It Anymore. More than a year later, it remains a national bestseller.

Praise:

“An important read for anyone who holds language dear”

–Lucy Clark, Daily Telegraph

“The Book of the YearÂ… witty, erudite, and funny. Awfully funny”

–The Australian Financial Review

“Nobody writes more lyrically or cares more about words and those who murder them”

–Sydney Morning Herald

“Witty, excoriating, and horrifying, [DEATH SENTENCE] should be every politicia‛s, academi‛s, businessma‛s, journalis‛s, and bureaucra‛s choice for book of the year— and, alas, the era”

–Robert Drewe,“Books of the Year” The Age

“Â…should leave us afraid, very afraidÂ… Anyone involved in writing for public consumption should read it—and sooner rather than later”

–Frances Wilkins, Lawyers Weekly

“Â…obliterates the vernacular vandals among journalists, academics, politicians, and business people with deadly aim”

–Murray Waldren, Australian

“BrilliantÂ… tempered by sorrow”

–Peter Price, Bulletin

“Â…an amusing and stimulating book. Watso‛s writing is the antithesis of all he deplores: it is humane and welcoming”

–James Ley, Age

“Watson writes well—passionately, fiercely, with generous sprinkles of wit and vitriolÂ… Expect an entertaining ride”

–Ruth Wajnryb,

Sydney Morning Herald

“Â…scathingly funny and deadly serious”

–Jose Borghino, Marie Claire

“A book of unusual significance, a meditation on our times as much as a work on languageÂ… [it] will still be read—and enjoyed—in 50 year‛ time”

–Jim Davidson, Eureka Street

“Always lucid and wittyÂ… a resource of painful delight”

–John McLaren, Overla

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