A book on doublespeak.
Samples from the back cover ∞
Ted Koppel: I wonder if you could put that into a straightforward sentence, Professor Kahn?
Kerman Kahn: Absolutely not. And let me spend a minute on that. The attempt to put these in straightforward sentences simply confuses.
-- from "Nightline," April 22, 1982
"Continued driving with a failed bearing could result in a desengagement of the axle shaft and adversely affect vehicle control."
-- Ford Motor Co. in a 1972 letter to the owners of Torino and Mercury Montego cars
|aerodynamic personnel decelerator||parachute|
|members of a career-offender cartel||Mafia|
|previously distinguished car||used car|
|television with nonmulticolor capability||black-and-white TV|
|negative patient care outcome; terminal living||death|
|energetic disassembly||explosion in a nuclear power plant|
Notes from 2006-04-18 or earlier ∞
General Daniel Graham, former director of the U.S.A.'s Defense Intelligence Agency, wasn't impressed by the argument that there is no need to build nuclear weapons because there are already enough nuclear weapons to kill every human being two and one-half times, a situation known as "overkill". The good general dismissed this argument by saying that "There are also enough rocks on earth to kill the world's population several times over. Organizing them into a system for that purpose is quite another matter."
-- page 262
- Joint Low-Intensity conflict Project
- Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms - published by the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- _Military Review_ - U.S. Army Journal
- Quarterly Review of Doublespeak
National Council of Teachers of English - 1111 Kenyon Rd. Urbana, IL 61801