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ERIC Number: ED079739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 216
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Double-Speak in America.
Pei, Mario
"Weasel words"--newly minted phrases and words or novel interpretations of old words which may be "intentional slants, distortions, and outright coinages inspired by a purpose of profit, propaganda, or, at the very least, personal or institutional prestige" are exposed as they appear in the language of violence, dissent, the right, the left, the middle, the Pentagon, Madison Avenue, and academia. The popularity of catch-phrases, from such harmless offerings as "Try it, you'll like it" to more insidious, slanderous name-calling, such as sexist,""racist,""Communist,""Middle American," and "liberal," are examined. By exploring the aesthetics, derivations, and present connotations of words, the author keeps tabs on our language as it develops, showing how every facet of our society resorts to double-talk. (MF)
Hawthorn Books, Inc., 260 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016 ($6.95)
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