When words hide the truth – the Language of Weasels

Just read this article. It is an excerpt from a book to be released shortly:

Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon will be published next week by Random House Australia, rrp $32.95.

Think I’ll buy it.

When words hide the truth: “Don Watson explores the manipulation of our language by those with power.

‘Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’
-George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

‘Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.’
– Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture, 1993

‘Project facilitation is the key tool to leverage excellence from the mediocre.’
– Vital Places Consultancy 2004”


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