The New Doublespeak: Why No One Knows What Anyone's Saying Anymore

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A witty look at doublespeak, language that is evasive, misleading, self-contradictory, and deceptive, explains how to dissect a politician's doublespeak, fight it, demand clear communication, and become critical listeners of language. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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William Lutz, a professor of English at Rutgers University and former editor of the Quarterly Review of Doublespeak, has had enough of doublespeak--the inflated, involved and often deliberately ambiguous use of language or when "strategic misinterpretations" are used instead of lies. He argues that the practice has been growing in our culture, and he's right. In this book he reviews doubletalk by Democrats, Republicans, journalists, economists and Supreme Court justices, and shows how the repeated use of a phrase allows it to stay unchallenged in the lexicon. Say what you mean, argues Lutz, and we'll all be better off.

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William Lutz is professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden.

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