Doublespeak

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Doublespeak

A political term referring to the practice of issuing contradictory statements. For example, doublespeak may involve a government publicly blaming the previous administration when things go poorly and taking credit when things go well. The term is strongly associated with government propaganda. See also: Doublethink.
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I casually picked it up with the expectation of either being bored to death or buried in scientific double-speak rendering some of the articles incomprehensible to us average laymen.
Late Late Show journalist Will Hanafin has spent countless hours researching Bertie's brand of double-speak, clangers and vagaries.
When the trust finally responded to our questions - by fax - they did so in meaningless bureaucratic double-speak.
256-257) -- all as a "partnership for peace" in Orwellian double-speak, obviously.
The paperwork is full of double-speak, obscurity and vagueness, all meant to protect every party involved as much as possible.
I discovered that the theological double-speak and gerrymandering that philosopher Walter Kaufmann criticized in "Against Theology" [9] were not the exclusive property of conservatives.
To wail against Orwellian double-speak would be akin to wailing against sin or negative advertising in political campaigns: in a Sunday sermon (or on a Sunday talk show), it might sound good, but it's one or two steps away from reality.
A Wall Street Journal story published in 1980 told how PR writers in the nuclear power industry won the 1979 double-speak award of the National Council of Teachers of English for a "collective retreat into euphemism during the near-disaster at Three Mile Island.
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.
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.