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Doublespeak Defined: Cut Through the Bull and Get the Point

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Publisher Comments:

In an increasingly Orwellian world, everyone should be armed with this hilarious, slyly subversive deconstruction of the slippery locutions of spinmeisters from all walks of public life. Doublespeak guru William Lutz (Doublespeak, The New Doublespeak) is uniquely qualified to bring you this supremely funny expos‚ of the juiciest ways THEY are trying to bamboozle you!

A sampling of Doublespeak Defined:

Bald n./ :hair disadvantaged
Men in Japan aren't bald; they're "hair disadvantaged," according to The Japan Economic Journal.

Diet n./ :1.nutrional avoidance therapy 2. caloric reduction program

Frozen adj./ :1 deep chilled 2. fresh 3. hard chilled 4. previously frozen

The USDA considers processed chickens "fresh," not frozen, if they have been chilled to 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Chickens so processed have not been frozen but "deep chilled."

Light Switch n./ :ideogram illumination intensity adjustment potentiometer

Waste paper basket n./ :user-friendly, space-effective, flexible desk side sortation unit

Government officials in Toronto, Canada, paid $123.80 (Canadian) each for these items.

Synopsis:

From "Smart Bombs" to "structural adjustment, " the words emanating from officialdom seem to grow more maddeningly indirect every day. Here to sort it all out is the world's leading authority on doublespeak.

About the Author

William Lutz was the head of the Committee on Public Doublespeak for 15 years, and editor of the Quarterly Review of Doublespeak for 14 years. He is professor of English at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

His previous books include Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living and The Cambridge Thesaurus of American English. Lutz has appeared on numerous television and radio programs to publicize the dangers of doublespeak, including Today, Larry King Live, The CBS Evening News, The MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour, and National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, the novelist Denise Gess.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062734129
Author:
Lutz, William
Publisher:
HarperPB
Author:
by William D. Lutz
Author:
Lutz, William D.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Synonyms and antonyms
Subject:
Topic - Political
Subject:
Syncnyms and antcnyms
Subject:
Jargon (Terminology)
Subject:
English language -- Jargon.
Subject:
Jargon
Subject:
Dictionaries - General
Subject:
Reference - Dictionaries
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
19990707
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
7.96x5.22x.56 in. .53 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Political
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Dictionaries » General
Reference » Etymology
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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Product details 212 pages HarperResource - English 9780062734129 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From "Smart Bombs" to "structural adjustment, " the words emanating from officialdom seem to grow more maddeningly indirect every day. Here to sort it all out is the world's leading authority on doublespeak.

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