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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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Talk about double-speak. Change isn't coming after all,' he said in a Twitter post.
Obama again showed his penchant for political double-speak.
That was double-speak for: "If you keep setting up this competition for links specialists and not bigname Americans like me, we won't bother coming anymore."
The problem is that the public is no longer willing to be taken in by such double-speak. No matter how it is dressed up, a cut remains a cut.
He was pressed by the interviewer, but still managed to double-speak his way out of the mire without once looking ashamed of himself.
In a classic example of modern-day double-speak, their ChiefConstable Della Cannings had argued that ``the introduction of a single number will remove confusion from members of the public about how to contact the police,and have the added benefit of reducing inappropriate 999 calls.''
His claims of wishing to pursue other interests is Tory double-speak for chasing a Jeffrey Archer-sized fortune.
It will incense a public fed up with spin, double-speak and obfustication.'
"We are starting to change a long tradition of hypocrisy and double-speak by the Mexican government."
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Such double-speak has become a staple of discourse on this civil war.
"The double-speak of Naidu has reached its peak and his theatrics have been incomprehensive as only a section of the TDP MPs had given the no confidence notice.
He said protest actions were held by OFWs in Asia, North Africa, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to condemn President Aquino's "hypocrisy and deception in his recent double-speak on the abolition of the pork barrel when his P1-trillion presidential pork and the P26-billion congressional pork remain in the 2014 national budget."
Readers will no doubt be familiar with the startlingly prophetic work, 1984, by George Orwell, whereby propaganda was purveyed by the "Ministry of Truth" and communications were defined as "double-speak".