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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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Ralph Wesselmann led participants in a group participation exercise in creating doublespeak.
Like Bush's claim of credit for a patient protection bill he vetoed, this is the kind of doublespeak George Orwell described in '1984.
This contrasts with the doublespeak of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, who has talked about witnesses telling the family or the Church, but has avoided recommending going to the police.
This deal legalizes Orwellian surveillance and intrusion into people's lives, while its proponents use Orwellian doublespeak to claim it protects people's privacy,'' said Edmund Mierzwinski, of USPIRG, a nonprofit consumer group.
While the story was a wind-up, sadly it would appear that the crazy French doublespeak is not.
In a recent guest column, McKeon defends the Republican tax plan with the same old Washington doublespeak we've been hearing for years.
She noted that when the president details his health care plan today there is little doubt that, despite his doublespeak, abortion on demand will be included in the reproductive health provisions of the mandatory standard benefit package, which has not been automatic procedure.
RAILTRACK got its knickers in a twist last month when a newspaper published an eloquent rant about the company's Orwellian doublespeak.
VALLEY residents who think Proposition 1 is going to buy them more police and fire protection had better read the fine print on this ridiculous piece of City Hall doublespeak.
Another example of Government doublespeak concerns the findings of Cynthia Milligan, the Edinburgh- based anthropologist.
It's like `Catch-22' because of all that military doublespeak and smoke screen stuff that is only meant to confuse you and make you go away,'' he says.
Since the city had to struggle to avoid a $200 million deficit last year and faces a $100 million shortfall this year, it's bureaucratic doublespeak for city officials to say that the money for Williams and Carey will come from ``unallocated balances'' or other jargon.
Orwellian doublespeak and flat-out lies have become routine, almost a daily occurrence by now, that it is difficult to keep track.
Another example last week of doublespeak was David Cameron's jibe that Ed Miliband was "talking the economy down" - this from someone who has done nothing else since last May.
According to Sourcewatch, "The word doublespeak was coined in the early 1950s.