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Banish the gobbledygook, PDQ
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 10/12/2013 6:50:35 PM

Politics occasionally drive John Boehner to tears, but rarely to plain English. Gobbledygook is the Washington disease, and the Republicans have a bad case of it. Wonkery was not invented in Washington, but Washington is where it thrives. Corporate-speak is closely related to government gobbledygook, and those most fluent in the tongue have been carefully trained and tutored in using words not to amplify meanings, but to hide them. One way to do this is to use five words when one or two will do. Perfumed words are preferred. Initials and acronyms are best of all. The Democrats are rarely wordsmiths, but

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/12/2013 6:55:43 PM     (No. 9562655)

Democrats lie more convincingly than the GOP tells the truth!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 10/12/2013 8:06:25 PM     (No. 9562722)

It is becoming increasingly difficult for me to believe that Republican leaders don´t get it, or that they are incapable of speaking plain English in plain words.

They certainly have loads of courage, and no problem speaking plainly, when it comes to using plain English to publicly attack any conservative who rises to speak conservatism plainly - especially when said conservatives get a quick and favorable response from large numbers of "plain people".

One thing I would like to hear from Republican leaders is why they lose that ability to speak so plainly and with such courage about the destructive doings of Democrats. Simply quitting constantly and publicly hailing Democrats with unnecessary compliments and flattering words would be a start from John McCain and others.




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Reply 3 - Posted by: galloglass, 10/12/2013 9:10:24 PM     (No. 9562759)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: galloglass, 10/12/2013 9:15:20 PM     (No. 9562766)

All the talk by Congressional Republicans is about process and never substance. You never hear Dems talk about "reconciliation "cloture" "conference" "quorums" etc. They have a very basic message and is attack, attack, and attack. We would do well to imitate them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rlcnutter, 10/12/2013 10:15:05 PM     (No. 9562805)

Personally, I wish everyone would be required to read Orwell´s "Politics and the English Language" to see the kinds of traps -- or, more cynically, the kinds of manipulation -- in the use of the English language. I, too, would relish plain talking by our politicians. I have serious doubts that I will ever see the day that comes about, though. Politicians are too invested in fooling the foolish.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Elvira, 10/12/2013 10:41:46 PM     (No. 9562825)

Actually, #5, it seems others in government have the same idea. I know of an agency that has actually started a "Plain Language" program, and is beginning to institute it throughout the agency. Who"da thought?

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