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22nd Sep '17 11:34:00 AM BeerBaron
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* The Morag Tong operatives from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' do not commit murders: they perform Honorable Executions. However, given that they are the high-class, honorable [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]] in contrast to the gangly, thuggish Cammona Tong and the treacherous Dark Brotherhood, they do manage to keep a higher moral ground (and technically, the Morag Tong do not usually murder -- they're legally ''allowed'' to pursue their Writs of Execution, as a flip side to the strict restrictions on who and when writs can be granted for, though they do sometimes dabble in illegal writs).
** In one quest from ''Skyrim'', a note to a Thalmor interrogator authorizes him to use "Intermediate Manual Uncoiling" on a prisoner. You later get to see [[ColdBloodedTorture exactly what that means.]] The scariest part of this is the "Intermediate."

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the
Morag Tong operatives from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' is a legal [[MurderInc assassin's guild]] which is sanctioned by the Dunmeri government as an alternative to destructive {{Allowed Internal War}}s between the [[TheClan Great Houses]] which weaken the Dunmer overall. As such, the Morag Tong insists that they do not commit murders: "murders" or even "assassinations", they perform Honorable Executions. ''Honorable Executions''. However, given that they are the high-class, honorable [[ProfessionalKiller assassins]] {{Professional Killer}}s in contrast to the [[TheSyndicate gangly, thuggish Cammona Tong Tong]] and the treacherous [[PsychoForHire Dark Brotherhood, Brotherhood]], they do manage to keep a higher moral ground (and technically, the Morag Tong do not usually murder "murder" -- they're legally ''allowed'' to pursue their Writs of Execution, as a flip side to the strict restrictions on who and when writs can be granted for, though they do sometimes dabble in illegal writs).
writs known as "Gray Writs").
** In one quest from ''Skyrim'', a note to a Thalmor [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] interrogator authorizes him to use "Intermediate Manual Uncoiling" on a prisoner. You later get to see [[ColdBloodedTorture exactly what that means.]] The scariest part of this is that the "Intermediate."word "Intermediate" implies it ''could be worse''.
8th Jul '17 6:59:10 AM HiddenWindshield
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* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' is one of the Ur-Examples. While not actually a TropeNamer--the phrase "Doublespeak" [[BeamMeUpScotty does not appear]] in the novel, though "doublethink" does (albeit with no relation)--it certainly brought the idea of using euphemisms to a new height. The Ministry of Peace is in charge of war; the Ministry of Truth is in charge of propaganda; the Ministry of Plenty is in charge of rationing; and the Ministry of Love is in charge of maintaining a climate of fear.
** Actually, the Ministry of Love's role is fitting with its name: its role is to make sure people love Big Brother
** Orwell expanded his thoughts on this in his essay "Politics and the English Language", where he claimed that euphemisms and flowery language was a way for people to hide bad intentions and legitimize immoral actions.

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* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' is one of the Ur-Examples. While not actually a TropeNamer--the phrase "Doublespeak" [[BeamMeUpScotty does not appear]] in the novel, though "doublethink" does (albeit with no relation)--it certainly brought the idea of using euphemisms to a new height. The Ministry of Peace is in charge of war; the Ministry of Truth is in charge of propaganda; the Ministry of Plenty is in charge of rationing; and the Ministry of Love is in charge of maintaining a climate of fear.
** Actually, the Ministry of Love's role is fitting with its name: its role is to make sure people love Big Brother
** Orwell
fear.[[note]]Orwell expanded his thoughts on this in his essay "Politics and the English Language", where he claimed that euphemisms and flowery language was a way for people to hide bad intentions and legitimize immoral actions.[[/note]]
29th May '17 9:47:43 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Saruman in ''Literature/TneLordOfTheRings'' is a prominent example, and the ''only'' one in this particular book. Gimli even lampshades it early on, after hearing him rebuke Théoden.

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* Saruman in ''Literature/TneLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is a prominent example, and the ''only'' one in this particular book. Gimli even lampshades it early on, after hearing him rebuke Théoden.
29th May '17 9:47:03 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* Saruman in ''Literature/TneLordOfTheRings'' is a prominent example, and the ''only'' one in this particular book. Gimli even lampshades it early on, after hearing him rebuke Théoden.
---> '''Gimli''': "In the language of Orthanc help means ruin, and saving means slaying, that is plain".
8th Apr '17 10:19:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheScrewtapeLetters'', the humans that the demons are attempting to damn are referred to as "patients".

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* In ''TheScrewtapeLetters'', ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', the humans that the demons are attempting to damn are referred to as "patients".
22nd Jan '17 5:08:53 PM SteveMB
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* After Creator/DonaldTrump's inauguration as President, his press secretary Sean Spicer complained that the media had underreported the turnout for the event. Claiming that turnout was actually much higher, he made several assertions that clearly did not gibe with the photographic and video records. Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway explained that Spicer was presenting "alternative facts".
12th Jan '17 1:50:36 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': "I haven't shown you the hospitality you deserve. My king has married and I owe my new queen a wedding gift."
25th Oct '16 7:26:30 AM Eievie
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* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' has its dystopian government having an "information retrieval" division. We would call information retrieval ColdBloodedTorture and the employees of the department [[TortureTechnician Torture Technicians]].

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* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' has its dystopian government having an "information retrieval" division. We would call information retrieval ColdBloodedTorture and the employees of the department [[TortureTechnician Torture Technicians]].
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* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' is one of the Ur-Examples. While not actually a TropeNamer-- the phrase "Doublespeak" [[BeamMeUpScotty does not appear]] in the novel, though "doublethink" does (albeit with no relation)--it certainly brought the idea of using euphemisms to a new height. The Ministry of Peace is in charge of war; the Ministry of Truth is in charge of propaganda; the Ministry of Plenty is in charge of rationing; and the Ministry of Love is in charge of maintaining a climate of fear.

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* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' is one of the Ur-Examples. While not actually a TropeNamer-- the TropeNamer--the phrase "Doublespeak" [[BeamMeUpScotty does not appear]] in the novel, though "doublethink" does (albeit with no relation)--it certainly brought the idea of using euphemisms to a new height. The Ministry of Peace is in charge of war; the Ministry of Truth is in charge of propaganda; the Ministry of Plenty is in charge of rationing; and the Ministry of Love is in charge of maintaining a climate of fear.






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--> '''Boss:''' Oh, and... perhaps you'd like to join me later for... a spot of light refreshment?
-->'''Henchman:''' (irritably) ''Do'' you mean anal sex?
-->'''Boss:''' Well, yes...
-->'''Henchman:''' Alright then.

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--> '''Boss:''' Oh, and... perhaps you'd like to join me later for... a spot of light refreshment?
-->'''Henchman:''' (irritably) ''Do'' you mean anal sex?
-->'''Boss:''' Oh, and… perhaps you'd like to join me later for… a spot of light refreshment?\\
'''Henchman:''' ''[irritably]'' '''Do''' you mean anal sex?\\
'''Boss:'''
Well, yes...
-->'''Henchman:'''
yes…\\
'''Henchman:'''
Alright then.






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11th Oct '16 5:55:36 AM Ulysses21
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* Sinjir in ''Literature/StarWarsAftermath'' was a Loyalty Officer for the Galactic Empire. His job was actually about weeding out ''disloyalty'', by torturing and killing those alleged to be disloyal, rather than about encouraging actual loyalty.
13th Aug '16 10:18:38 AM trentongm
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** Orwell expanded his thoughts on this in his essay "Politics and the English Language", where he claimed that euphemisms and flowery language was a way for people to hide bad intentions and legitimize immoral actions.
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