D-Speak or Not?
Doublespeak can be classified into several different types. Being able to recognize the different forms doublespeak can take can help you spot doublespeak more easily.
- words that attempt to soften, hide, or distort reality by putting the thing described into a better light, making the object it describes sound less frightening, less threatening, or less offensive
- specialized language used by a particular professional, trade, or hobby group; this specialized language used in discourse with lay audiences; overly-complex terms used to impress others
- many long, sophisticated words (think "gobs of words") used in long, convoluted sentences to confuse the audience and hide the real issue of the discourse
- inflated language
- puffed-up, important-sounding words used to give commonplace things and events an elevated, glowing appearance
examples of inflated language
To get an idea of just how much doublespeak we're exposed to each day, follow John Citizen through a typical day.