The Careful Voter's Dictionary of Language Pollution (Understanding Willietalk and Other Spinspeak)

by James Baar



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781585000784

About the Book

Protect yourself from spin docs, polls, fanatics, business titans, lawyers, academics and other worthies who are willfully befogging language to muddle your brain. Orwell knew what snake oil can do. So did Plato. So did Stalin. So did Hitler. Spin rots the mind.

Here are hundreds of helpful definitions of polluted words and phrases in current use including: alone, courtesy call, customer satisfaction, defining moment, rightsizing, investment, the rich, the poor, the children, mean spirited, sexual relations, alternative turkey, liberty impaired and values clarification. The Dictionary arms you with an intellectual scalpel for de-layering the thick cosmetic overlay of public communications that obscures the real world.

Also included is a short history of language pollution, a selection of great examples of polluted words of the recent past, and a Glossary of Technical Terms such as plastertalk, willietalk, bravebabble, Halloweentalk, tin-eartalk and Trojan-horse construction.

This book is designed to help any careful voter who yearns for a world where, regardless of what anyone swears under oath, that, in the words of T.S. Eliot, 'a cat is not a dog.'

About the Author

James Baar is a writer, international communications consultant, journalist, corporate communications software developer, business executive and college lecturer. He is the author of a satirical novel on business and public affairs, The Great Free Enterprise Gambit, and four books on politics and technology. He lives in Providence, RI.