Doublespeak, Doubletalk, et cetera

(euphemisms, question-begging, declarifications, and cloudy vagueness sometimes designed to make lies sound truthful)

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and ones' declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink."

—George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946
1. A language that is deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a "communication bypass". Such language is often associated with governmental, military, and corporate institutions.
2. The ability to speak or write two or more contradictory ideas without the speaker or writer being consciously aware of the contradiction.
3. Doublespeak is often consciously used to deceive and to sidetrack the reality or truth about an unpleasant situation or fact.
4. It also seems, consciously or unconsciously, to be used as a tool to fog up and otherwise avoid what could easily be a simple, unambiguous, statement.

Doublespeak is about making words and facts agree. It is a process of misleading, distorting, deceiving, inflating, circumventing; as well as, obfuscating. It is a language that refers to lies being used as "strategic misrepresentations" and therefore avoids responsibility, that makes the bad seem good, the negative appear positive, something unpleasant appear attractive, language that only appears to communicate. It's a language designed to alter our perception of reality and corrupt our thinking.

We need to be on constant alert so that those who create and use doublespeak can't use it to control, manipulate, deceive, use, and abuse us.

—Compiled from Doublespeak Defined by William Lutz;
Harper Resource, Division of Harper Collins Publishers; 1999; pages IX to XIV.
1. Evasive or ambiguous language.
2. Language that has no real meaning or has more than one meaning and is intended to hide the truth: "He accused the ambassador of diplomatic double-talk."
1. An in-grown compulsion to be impressively ornate rather than simply being direct.
2. A style of language used in some official statements, often criticized for its use of polysyllabic jargon and obscure, pretentiously wordy phrasing.
3. Language characteristic of official documents or statements, especially when obscure, pretentiously wordy, verbose, or excessively formal.