I recently saw read these Pentagon definitions.  and I thought banks and central Government were bad.

ambient noncombat personnel – refugees

interdictional nonsuccumbers – enemy troops who survive bombing raids

decommissioned aggressor quantum – enemy troops who don’t survive bombing raids

This is not just the Pentagon, but everywhere it is becoming apparent we are obfuscating (hiding the real meaning). Enough to write a book, it seems.


The New Doublespeak:Why No One Knows What Anyone’s Saying Anymore  by William Lutz, which is available from Amazon

Lutz’s point in this book is that politicians, lawyers, economists etc. use language deceptively in public discourse by redefining terms, coming up with “meaningless” terms to replace others that are deemed less palatable, or even lying. In the modern political and business climate, the thesis is one with which most of us would or should agree. After seven years of the Mighty Clinton Spin Machine (“draconian cuts”, “risky tax scheme”, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…”), the power of deceptive language is obvious and frightening.

So what doublespeak are you guilty of?  But we should leave the final words toDonald Rumsfeld.

[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.
United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

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