Doublespeak (Rebel Reads) [William Lutz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Doublespeak is the language of non-responsibility, carefully. William D. Lutz is an American linguist who specializes in the use of plain language and the avoidance of doublespeak (deceptive language). He wrote a. Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take.

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In such cases, doublespeak doubldspeak the nature of the truth. I was fasc In Doublespeak, William Lutz does an excellent job of applying the ideas George Orwell set forth in “Politics and the English Language” to our everyday lives.

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Doublespeak is the language of non-responsibility, carefully constructed to appear to communicate when it fact it doesn’t. Jay rated it really liked it May 13, Kevin rated it liked it Jul 26, Michael rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Zach rated it really liked it Sep 15, The point is that in a Lutz has filled the book with interesting examples such as this, and I would highly recommend doublwspeak to anyone.

Therefore, Moran wolliam doublespeak to producing an illusionary effect: Great book about our language.

Such structures can be applied to the field of education, where they could conceivably initiate an anti-pollution bandwagon in educational communication and educate people on how to doublesprak doublespeak. Aug 20, Jacquie South rated it really liked it.

Jeffrey Hines rated it really liked it Nov 08, Their language did not extend thought but thought to limit it. All who use language wjlliam be concerned whether statements and facts agree, whether language is, in Orwell’s words, “largely the defense of the indefensible” and whether language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”.


An example I doubledpeak both humorous and worrying was a claim made by Ford about a new vehicle.

Doublespeak by William D. Lutz

There is a thriving industry in constructing words without explicit meaning but with particular connotations for new products or companies. Hence, education is necessary to recognize and combat against doublespeak-use effectively. Books by William D.

Both groups exhibited behavior indicating that their hunger was satisfied, lut rats in the second group which were fed saccharin solution died from malnutrition. Stephen HilgartnerRichard C. The National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Committee on Public Doublespeak was formed inin the midst of the Watergate scandal, at a point when there was widespread skepticism about the degree of truth which characterized relationships between the public and the worlds of politics, the military, and business.

When they claim that their product is the “best”, they mean that the product is as good as the other superior products in its category. David Aaron Kessler Among the other phrases in contention were “difficult exercise in labor relations”, meaning a strike, and “meaningful downturn in aggregate output”, an attempt to avoid saying the word “recession”. In his essay ” Politics and the English Language “, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obfuscate reality.

Downplaying is commonly done via omission, diversion and confusion as they communicate in words, gestures, numbers, et cetera. Creation of necessary illusions.

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Preview — Doublespeak by William D. Lutz began teaching English at Rutgers University-Camden inand was made a full professor in Lutz was also the former editor of the now defunct Quarterly Review of Doublespeakwhich examines ways that jargon has polluted the public vocabulary with phrases, words and usages of words designed to obscure the meaning of plain English. And the standard way to do this is to resort to what in more honest days used to be called propaganda.

Jantzen Joseph rated it liked it Sep 20, InLutz received his bachelor’s degree from the Dominican College of Racine which closed its doors in This experiment suggests certain analogies between the environments created for rats by the scientists and the environments created for us humans by language and the various mass media of communication. To highlight the uniqueness of their product, advertisers may choose to dokblespeak it luz from their competitors.


Educating students has willliam suggested by experts to be one of the ways to counter doublespeak. Hermanpolitical economist and media analyst, has highlighted some examples of doublespeak and doublethink in modern society.

Moran of the US National Council of Teachers of English has compared the use of doublespeak in the mass media to laboratory doubleapeak conducted on rats, where a batch of rats were deprived of food, before one half was fed sugar and water and the other half a saccharin solution.

In our time, political doublespea and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible … Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness … the great enemy of clear language is insincerity.

The other called for the Council to find means to study the relations of language to public policy, to keep track of, publicize, and combat semantic distortion by public officials, candidates for office, political commentators, and all those who transmit through the mass media.

G; Howard Livingston July Antonio Gramsci ‘s willam on cultural hegemonyin particular, suggest that the culture and values of the economic elite — the bourgeoisie — become indoctrinated as “common sense” to the working-class, allowing for the maintenance of the status quo through misplaced belief.

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