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doublespeak

Deliberately evasive, confusing, contradictory, and/or ambiguous language used to mislead or deceive the listener. Likely adapted from George Orwell's term "doublethink," from his 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, meaning the ability to simultaneously hold two opposing thoughts or beliefs as being correct in one's mind. Like any successful politician, she was quite adept at doublespeak whenever confronted with bad publicity.

double talk

1. Meaningless speech, gibberish mixing real and invented words. For example, Some popular songs are actually based on double talk. [1930s]
2. Also, doublespeak. Deliberately ambiguous and evasive language. For example, I got tired of her double talk and demanded to know the true story, or His press secretary was very adept at doublespeak. This usage dates from the late 1940s, and the variant from about 1950.
See also: double, talk
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Propaganda and double speak provided compelling subject matter for the multidisciplinary display, which included photography, graphic design, traditional and digital illustration, concept art and three-dimensional sculpture.
Sir, - Why is our Government demonstrating a culture of half-truths, evasions and double speak, which will only destroy the credibility of the government who articulate them?
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Too often voters go to the polls with only fragments of sound bites of double speak delivered by a biased media," said Roger Abbiss, operator of the site, "This site helps them choose based on their actual positions on the main issues.
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The moot point is that Pakistan is replete with Janus faced people in authority and double speak determines their discourse with India.
It's exactly the adherence to this culture of double speak that makes the obvious obscure and even illegal.