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Doublespeak defined : cut through the bull**** and get to the point

Author: William Lutz
Publisher: New York : HarperResource, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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For years Lutz has waged a battle against 'doublespeak,' the use of convoluted, evasive, deceptive, misleading, and deliberately ambiguous language. However, any look at the front page of a newspaper or, better yet, at the Federal Register will suggest that Lutz's cause might be a lost one. He is already the author of two books on the topic, and he edited the National Council of Teachers of English Quarterly Review  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Lutz
ISBN: 0062734121 9780062734129
OCLC Number: 40716219
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 192 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Transportation --
2. Science and Nature --
3. War and the Military --
4. Death and Taxes --
5. Crimes and Misdemeanors --
6. Health and Welfare --
7. The Workplace --
8. Government and Politics --
9. Education --
10. Sex and the Sexes --
11. Business and Finance --
12. Job Titles --
13. Recreation (Sports and Leisure) --
14. Communication.
Responsibility: William Lutz.
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For years Lutz has waged a battle against 'doublespeak,' the use of convoluted, evasive, deceptive, misleading, and deliberately ambiguous language. However, any look at the front page of a newspaper or, better yet, at the Federal Register will suggest that Lutz's cause might be a lost one. He is already the author of two books on the topic, and he edited the National Council of Teachers of English Quarterly Review of Doublespeak for 14 years. This year he was contracted by the Securities and Exchange Commission to write instructions on writing stock prospectuses in 'plain' English. The resulting booklet is 58 pages. Doublespeak Defined, though, is essentially a thesaurus. Under 14 categories, such as education, the workplace, job titles, and sex and sexes, Lutz lists terms and their doublespeak counterparts. Included are sidebar press reports documenting doublespeak's pervasive reach, and cartoons lampooning its effects. Some examples are amusing and some are silly. Many, though, raise real concerns about the potential dangers of irresponsible and misleading language.

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