American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See double talk.
- n. Any language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often by employing euphemism or ambiguity. Typically used by governments or large institutions.
- n. any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
- double + -speak. Coined in the 1950s in the vein of George Orwell's Newspeak as used in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four. The word doublespeak does not appear in the book, although newspeak, oldspeak, and doublethink do. (Wiktionary)
“ Orwell coined the term doublespeak to describe one kind of propaganda practiced by the state in Nineteen Eighty-Four.”
“But then doublespeak is the lingua franca of the fight game – not that Chisora is complaining about a deal that could deliver not just one Klitschko but both of them.”
“Obama's slavish conformity to pro-choice doublespeak is especially relentless.”
“Well, for a lady who thinks she can accuse the CIA of lying to her and not expect repercussions, I guess this sort of misguided doublespeak is par for the course. dreamer”
“On the blogs and elsewhere, it is being played out as if this is more evidence of Hillary engaging in doublespeak, or flip-flopping, or whatever, and, quite frankly, it is bullshit.”
“The word doublespeak was coined in the early 1950's after George Orwell's book, 1984, was published in the late 1940's.”
“The word doublespeak grew out of this post-1984 culture and is just as timely today.”
“The doublespeak is needed because of the contradiction between the Bush Administration's concept of freedom and democracy and the actual principles and requirements of freedom and democracy.”
“The concept was later refined as "doublespeak" -- which is simply the notion that if you say something often enough, you can convince normal people that something is its opposite.”
“Okay, let's say worse, because they're supposed to be bringing us the "news" instead of a transmission of doublespeak, which is what we get at least half the time now.”
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