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114: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Four) – Greenspan’s Gobbledygook

With a focus on the bizarre dialect of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, I discuss the fourth form of doublespeak: Gobbledygook and Bureaucratese. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Greenspan describes Greenspeak, Fedspeak Print More Money! according to Alan ...

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104: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Three) – Legalese v. Curiosity and Critical Thought

Marc Stevens, author of Adventures In Legal Land and host of the No State Project, joins me to illuminate the dark and bizarre world of the so-called justice system. With this focus on law and the courts, we discuss the second form of doublespeak: jargon. Marc also explains his Socratic approach to defending against the doublespeak of lawyers, judges and tax collectors. "Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it merely sloppy language. It is the intentional use of euphemisms, synonyms, jargon, and vagueness which pretends to communicate but really does not, or implies the opposite of what it would appear to communicate." -Metta Winte Bumper Music: "One Million Lawyers" Tom Paxton Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara ...

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) – The Euphemism

With a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman http://www.fff.org/comment/com0407a.asp Rendition: a dangerous euphemism http://www.theage.com.au/news/Editorial/Rendition-a-dangerous-euphemism/2005/03/10/1110417612086.html ...

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