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Doublespeak

William Lutz, professor of English at Rutgers University, talked about his book Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You. A unique analysis of American English, examples of… read more

William Lutz, professor of English at Rutgers University, talked about his book Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You. A unique analysis of American English, examples of double-speak are “human kinetics” in place of “physical education,” and “pavement deficiencies” instead of “potholes.” Double-speak is consciously used to manipulate. Lutz pointed out that his mission is not to eradicate double-speak, but to eliminate double-speak from the discourse of important issues where it is most dangerous. He stated that double-speak is most prevalent in government, followed closely by the advertising industry. close

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First Aired:
Dec 31, 1989 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Jan 02, 1990 | 2:53am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Dec 31, 1989 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 31, 1989 | 11:17pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 01, 1990 | 6:00am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 01, 1990 | 10:42am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 01, 1990 | 3:11pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 02, 1990 | 2:53am EST | C-SPAN 2
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