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Weasel Words: The Dictionary of American Doublespeak (Capital Ideas Book) (Capital Ideas) [Paperback]

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Item description for Weasel Words: The Dictionary of American Doublespeak (Capital Ideas Book) (Capital Ideas) by Paul Wasserman...

Weasel Words: The colorful words that narrow the range of thought, inflate language, avoid responsibility, alleviate the discomfort of a waffling speaker, make the bad sound good, are at variance with the real or purported meaning, are a misnomer, euphemism, evasion, or are simply delightful forms of flim-flam identified by the two distortion detectives.

From A to Z----this hard-hitting, politically savvy dictionary takes on all those American evasions, put-on-holds, distortions, circumventions, obfuscations, and misleading terms that constantly besiege us in today's "spinning" world, as well as popular catch phrases that simply annoy. Now when you listen to politicians, academics, bureaucrats, and television's talking heads, or get sent on an endless round of recorded euphemisms on the telephone when you are trying desperately to get help or clarification----you'll really understand what you are hearing.

The authors, both veterans of government and academia, provide a handbook for deciphering such weaseling jewels as:

* amicable often followed by agreement, meaning both sides were mutually disgruntled by the outcome
* economically disadvantaged for poor
* encore TV broadcast the rerun ad nauseum of previously broadcast television programs.
* episode a bureaucratic term used by governments and power companies to indicate a hazardous condition resulting in illness and death due to excessive pollution or radiation leaks.
* mild irregularity for the last unmentionable on TV, constipation.
* negative economic growth for recession.
* mobile home community for trailer park
* o.g.a. for "other government agency," used by the military at overseas interrogation sites to indicate the Central Intelligence Agency
* sound science for anti-environmental policies that ignore scientific evidence.

The authors provide a guide to the rich and varied language of deception, evasion and cant threatening today's society useful for students of English, business ethics, government and popular culture. They you and other connoisseurs of clear English and fed-up progressives to help them stamp out weasel words and get to the heart of what's wrong with our society today----one "weasel word" at a time.


From A to Z----this hard-hitting, politically savvy dictionary takes on all those American evasions, put-on-holds, distortions, circumventions, obfuscations, and misleading terms that constantly besiege us in today's "spinning" world. Now when you listen to politicians, academics, bureaucrats, and television's talking heads, or get sent on an endless round of recorded euphemisms on the telephone when you are trying desperately to get help or clarification----you'll really understand what you are hearing.

The authors, both veterans of government and academia, search for the real meaning behind such weaseling understatements of truth as:
* economic adjustment for recession when business is bad;
* broad abstractions for unacceptable ideas,
* preemptive counterattack for an attack on another country when U.S. allies might not agree with our policy;
* pre-owned for used when disguising the age of a car;
Weaseling politically correct euphemisms such as:
* economically disadvantaged" for poor when politicians are downplaying their needs; and
* sound science for anti-environmental policies that ignore scientific evidence.

The authors invite other connoisseurs of clear English and fed-up progressives to help them stamp out weasel words and get to the heart of what's wrong with our society today----one "weasel word" at a time.



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Item Specifications...


Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 21, 2005
Publisher   Capital Books
ISBN  1933102071  
ISBN13  9781933102078  


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More About Paul Wasserman


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paul Wasserman is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies. He has published several books in the field of library science. His most recent books include The Best of Times: A Personal and Occupational Odyssey and Statistics Sources.Paul is also the author of "NEW YORK FROM A TO Z" and "WASHINGTON, DC FROM A TO Z". He lives in the Washington DC area,

Paul Wasserman currently resides in Bethesda.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Weasel Words: The Dictionary of American Doublespeak (Capital Ideas Book) (Capital Ideas)?

Not worth the trouble of reading  Jul 27, 2008
What I was expecting was a list of double speak terms and their definitions.

What I got was a list of words with a bunch of biased opinions and allegations toward certain groups of people who may be in some way associated with those words.

This book is not only politically offensive it's also outdated and in many places plain wrong.

The definitions provided show a lack of research and a great deal of assumption.

The book is a mish-mash of thrown together words, many of which are not even double speak. Many of the words are netisms and acronyms. Its lack of organization makes finding a particular word difficult.

I was expecting words used in car commercials and medication adverts to be defined (words like "customer cash" and "APR" that are real doublespeak words), but they were not.

This self-purported "dictionary" is nothing doing.
 
An impressive and encompassing collection of thoughts and descriptively accurate views of modern American word and phrase usage  Mar 15, 2006
Weasle Words: The Dictionary Of American Doublespeak is an impressive and encompassing collection of thoughts and descriptively accurate views of modern American word and phrase usage. As an excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular, sayings and understanding of what modern society has twisted the American version of the English language to elaborate or avoid political incorrectness. Very strongly recommended, especially for all non-specialist general readers with an interest in modern politics, culture and linguistics.
 
An excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular  Mar 9, 2006
Weasel Words: The Dictionary Of American Doublespeak is an impressive and encompassing collection of thoughts and descriptively accurate views of modern American word and phrase usage. As an excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular, sayings and understanding of what modern society has twisted the American version of the English language to elaborate or avoid political incorrectness. Very strongly recommended, especially for all non-specialist general readers with an interest in modern politics, culture and linguistics.
 
An excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular  Mar 9, 2006
Weasel Words: The Dictionary Of American Doublespeak is an impressive and encompassing collection of thoughts and descriptively accurate views of modern American word and phrase usage. As an excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular, sayings and understanding of what modern society has twisted the American version of the English language to elaborate or avoid political incorrectness. Very strongly recommended, especially for all non-specialist general readers with an interest in modern politics, culture and linguistics.
 
An excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular  Mar 9, 2006
Weasel Words: The Dictionary Of American Doublespeak is an impressive and encompassing collection of thoughts and descriptively accurate views of modern American word and phrase usage. As an excellent reference for what is the true modern vernacular, sayings and understanding of what modern society has twisted the American version of the English language to elaborate or avoid political incorrectness. Very strongly recommended, especially for all non-specialist general readers with an interest in modern politics, culture and linguistics.
 

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