History Main / DoubleSpeak

1st Feb '16 10:32:07 PM NewBob123
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* At one point, a Canadian newspaper reported on an escaped prisoner; taking this trope perhaps a ''tad'' too seriously, the article never used the word 'escape' -- instead, the inmate 'voluntarily absented himself'. The article went to great pains to use a variation of that wording whenever 'escape' might have been used.
2nd Jan '16 6:10:14 PM nombretomado
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* In SonsOfAnarchy, the characters refer to murder as "meeting Mr. Mayhem."
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* In SonsOfAnarchy, ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the characters refer to murder as "meeting Mr. Mayhem."
14th Jul '15 12:19:56 PM ironballs16
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* The point of [[ReadTheFinePrint Legalese]] is to reduce the chance of this happening. Unfortunately, it's not that difficult to accidentally omit a key word or phrase that results in rampant LoopholeAbuse.
6th Feb '15 10:23:54 AM Trocheetroper
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** Actually, the Ministry of Love's role is fitting with it's name: it's role is to make sure people love Big Brother
29th Dec '14 11:31:49 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', FoxNews is rebranded as Fox Faith & Freedom News, serving as a PropagandaMachine for the increasingly restrictive new American theocracy.
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* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', FoxNews Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} is rebranded as Fox Faith & Freedom News, serving as a PropagandaMachine for the increasingly restrictive new American theocracy.
28th Nov '14 2:08:35 AM Fireblood
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** The Seamstresses' Guild in the same ''Discworld'', which only has one actual seamstress. Of course, that's not a euphemism for the victims, but rather, for the members. (That is, the people who perform the service.)
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** The Seamstresses' Guild in the same ''Discworld'', which only has one actual seamstress.seamstress (this was a real euphemism used by sex workers). Of course, that's not a euphemism for the victims, but rather, for the members. (That is, the people who perform the service.)

* Parodied in a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch, in which a henchman irritably asks his DiabolicalMastermind boss to speak more clearly, because his 'needlessly ambiguous' instructions, phrased as euphemisms such as 'Take care of Detective Harrison' and 'Let's hope Dr. Professor Rixton meets with an unfortunate accident,' only lead to confusion when his henchmen take him too literally.
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* Parodied {{Parodied}} in a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch, in which a henchman irritably asks his DiabolicalMastermind boss to speak more clearly, because his 'needlessly ambiguous' instructions, phrased as euphemisms such as 'Take care of Detective Harrison' and 'Let's hope Dr. Professor Rixton meets with an unfortunate accident,' only lead to confusion when his henchmen take him too literally.

* ''Series/BabylonFive'': all the expeditions that were sent by Earth to Vorlon space disappeared. The Vorlon said that they had met with accidents and suggested they send no more expeditions into their territory.
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': all All the expeditions that were sent by Earth to Vorlon space disappeared. The Vorlon Vorlons said that they had met with accidents and suggested they send no more expeditions into their territory.

** Also parodied in a recent TreehouseOfHorror episode, where, in a ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'' parody, Bart and Lisa agree to "prank" each others teachers, and "ding-dong-ditch" them. Of course, by prank, Bart means kill, and by ding-dong-ditch, he means throw the ding-dong in a ditch.
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** Also parodied in a recent TreehouseOfHorror episode, where, in a ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'' parody, Bart and Lisa agree to "prank" each others others' teachers, and "ding-dong-ditch" them. Of course, by prank, prank Bart means kill, and by ding-dong-ditch, ding-dong-ditch he means throw the ding-dong in a ditch.

*** In another strip, the PHB tells a worker his job was re-considered, that he was put in the mobility pool, etc. The worker irritates the PHB not getting it.
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*** In another strip, the PHB tells a worker his job was re-considered, that he was put in the mobility pool, etc. The worker irritates the PHB by not getting it.

*** It's entered the current jargon so well that people draw a distinction between being "fired" and being "laid-off." "Fired" means losing your job because you screwed up, while "laid-off" means losing your job for budget reasons. Immediate results are the same[[note]]In Anglophone jurisdictions, at least. Some other countries have equivalent terms with actual legal differences behind them[[/note]], but it's easier to get a new job after being laid-off than after being fired. The older equivalent phrases, "termination with prejudice" and "termination without prejudice" dropped out of favour for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in [[NeverSayDie a different ballpark]] all together).
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*** It's entered the current jargon so well that people draw a distinction between being "fired" and being "laid-off."laid off." "Fired" means losing your job because you screwed up, while "laid-off" "laid off" means losing your job for budget reasons. Immediate results are the same[[note]]In Anglophone jurisdictions, at least. Some other countries have equivalent terms with actual legal differences behind them[[/note]], but it's easier to get a new job after being laid-off than after being fired. The older equivalent phrases, "termination with prejudice" and "termination without prejudice" dropped out of favour favor for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in [[NeverSayDie a different ballpark]] all together).
25th Nov '14 9:58:56 AM isoycrazy
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** Subverted in ''Discworld/TheTruth''. Vetinari says he wants no harm to come to Mr. De Worde, and his clerk ''thinks'' this is DoubleSpeak, but no, he ''literally'' wants no harm to come to Mr. De Worde.
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** Subverted in ''Discworld/TheTruth''. Vetinari says he wants no harm to come to Mr. De Worde, and his clerk ''thinks'' this is DoubleSpeak, Doublespeak, but no, he ''literally'' wants no harm to come to Mr. De Worde.

---> '''Fat Tony:''' What the hell did you do? --->'''Louie:''' I thought you meant ‘hot-sync’ it. You know how it is with us, everything means kill!
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---> '''Fat Tony:''' What the hell did you do? --->'''Louie:''' do?\\ '''Louie:''' I thought you meant ‘hot-sync’ it. You know how it is with us, everything means kill!

* DoubleSpeak is used almost every time by people who were responsible for killing or imprisoning a journalist or human rights activist.
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* DoubleSpeak Doublespeak is used almost every time by people who were responsible for killing or imprisoning a journalist or human rights activist.
12th Nov '14 5:07:48 AM Rday1
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* In {{Webcomic/Terinu}} the Varn Dominion, which conquered Earth 500 years previously in the comic's back story, employed the "Department of Social Harmony" as its propaganda and secret police division among its population of servitors.
8th Jul '14 8:57:32 AM SteveMB
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*** It's entered the current jargon so well that people draw a distinction between being "fired" and being "laid-off." "Fired" means losing your job because you screwed up, while "laid-off" means losing your job for budget reasons. Immediate results are the same[[note]]In Anglophone jurisdictions, at least. Some other countries have equivalent terms with actual legal differences behind them[[/note]], but it's easier to get a new job after being laid-off than after being fired. The older equivalent phrases, "termination with prejudice" and "termination without prejudice" dropped out of favour for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in a different ballpark all together).
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*** It's entered the current jargon so well that people draw a distinction between being "fired" and being "laid-off." "Fired" means losing your job because you screwed up, while "laid-off" means losing your job for budget reasons. Immediate results are the same[[note]]In Anglophone jurisdictions, at least. Some other countries have equivalent terms with actual legal differences behind them[[/note]], but it's easier to get a new job after being laid-off than after being fired. The older equivalent phrases, "termination with prejudice" and "termination without prejudice" dropped out of favour for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in [[NeverSayDie a different ballpark ballpark]] all together).
13th Jun '14 8:51:59 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', FoxNews is rebranded as Fox Faith & Freedom News, serving as a PropagandaMachine for the increasingly restrictive new American theocracy.
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