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Paid Protestors and Angry Mobs: Does a Double-Dose of Doublespeak Count as Quadruple-Speak?

About the “angry mob” of “paid protestors” “assaulting” GOP senators over their vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh….

Others have made two points I was planning to make about the “paid protestor” nonsense. Paul Waldman, in the Oct 9 Washington Post, mentions both of them at least in passing: (1) the GOP invokes the conspiracy, especially the connection to George … Read more

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On the Origins of the Term “Doublespeak”

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term “double-tongued,” defined as “duplicity or deceitfulness of speech” dates at least as far back as the 1300s, appearing in the works of Chaucer.  Today, the related term “Doublespeak” is most commonly associated with George Orwell.  Doublespeak is a blend of two terms from George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984: newspeak Read more

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What We Are Doing

Kenneth Burke called humans “symbol-using animals”—we make, use, and misuse symbols constantly in our heads, in conversations with others, on paper, on our laptops, on our phones, in or on as many situations and objects as we possibly can. We send these symbols out into the world at a rapid rate, and we reciprocally absorb them from other places and … Read more