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In the southern U.S., the phrase "bless your heart" can be used as a term of endearment, but it's also mainly used as a polite way of saying "you're a dumbass, but it can't be helped" or "screw off".

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* In the southern U.S., the phrase "bless your heart" can be used as a term of endearment, but it's also mainly used as a polite way of saying "you're a dumbass, but it can't be helped" or "screw off".


* Jafar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' wants the guards to "extend him (Aladdin) an invitation to the palace." Obviously, he means throw him in the dungeon so that Jafar can use him to get the lamp.

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* Jafar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' wants the guards to "extend him (Aladdin) an invitation to the palace." Obviously, he means throw him in the dungeon so that Jafar can use him to get the lamp.

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In the southern U.S., the phrase "bless your heart" can be used as a term of endearment, but it's also mainly used as a polite way of saying "you're a dumbass, but it can't be helped" or "screw off".


** 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''.''Literature/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.


Not an UnusualEuphemism. Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare NeverSayDie, DeadlyEuphemism, or SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom. For cases where a character must speak to two different people at once to convey different information, see MultitaskedConversation.

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Not an UnusualEuphemism. Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare NeverSayDie, DeadlyEuphemism, DistinctionWithoutADifference or SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom. For cases where a character must speak to two different people at once to convey different information, see MultitaskedConversation.


* In [[AffablyEvil Dr. Falicier's]] VillainSong in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', the good doctor tells [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Prince Naveen]] that "hitchin' ties you down. You wanna be free, hop from place to place, but freedom takes green." When he agrees to the doctor's deal, Naveen gets the green he needs to hop around, [[JackAssGenie by being turned into a frog]].

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* In [[AffablyEvil the AffablyEvil Dr. Falicier's]] Facilier's VillainSong in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', the good doctor tells [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Prince Naveen]] that "hitchin' ties you down. You wanna be free, hop from place to place, but freedom takes green." When he agrees to the doctor's deal, Naveen gets the green he needs to hop around, [[JackAssGenie by being turned into a frog]].

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*The Oracle at Delphi ran on this, and got filthy rich from it too. They always phrased their prophecies in such a way as to sound positive, so that their clients would send rich gifts to the Oracle. Even though a lot of the prophecies were actually of terrible misfortune. For example, King Philip II asked the Oracle if he would conquer Persia. As Persia was weakened by a recent succession dispute the answer was that Persia could be conquered. But the Oracle also knew that there was a plot on Philip's life. So the answer they sent back was "the bull is garlanded and ready for the slaughter". Philip's royal seal was Zeus enthroned: Zeus's sacred animal was the bull. The bull, or rather the Shedu, was also a symbol of Persia. It was of course Philip's son Alexander who conquered Persia, after (probably) conspiring to murder his father.


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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** Parodied in a strip where the PointyHairedBoss gives some employees the option to be re-purposed, re-organized, or re-assigned. The final panel has Catbert asking him how many people volunteered to be fired without knowing it.
** 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.
** In one of the books, Adams extrapolated from the then-current "rightsized" to the future "happysized", "splendidsized", and "orgasmsized".
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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 {{Torture Technician}}s.



* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' has its dystopian government having an "information retrieval" division. We would call information retrieval ColdBloodedTorture and the employees of the department {{Torture Technician}}s.



* For both the Assassin's Guild of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and the Torturer's Guild of ''The Book Of The New Sun'', victims are referred to as "clients". The Assassin's Guild also refers to contracts as "commissions" (possibly due to their view of their work being artistic in nature). And they prefer to say "inhume" rather than kill. "...It's like exhume... only it's before they bury you."
** The Seamstresses' Guild in the same ''Discworld'', which only has one actual 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.)
*** "Trousers repaired while you wait," indeed.
*** "They call themselves Seamstresses--[[CoughSnarkCough a hem, a hem!]]"
*** Said seamstress was hired because some people just don't get euphemisms.
** Mentioned several times is the original guild of firefighters, disbanded because of their tendencies to stand around peoples houses saying things like "looks like a very inflamable house there, it'd be shame if something happened to it"
*** Which is almost RealLife, as is often the case with Prattchett: Marcus Licinius Crassus, who created the first Roman fire brigade, had his men ''start'' fires so that business was never slow.
** 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.
* In ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', the humans that the demons are attempting to damn are referred to as "patients".



* 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.

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* Sinjir in ''Literature/StarWarsAftermath'' was a Loyalty Officer for ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** For both
the Galactic Empire. His job was actually about weeding out ''disloyalty'', by torturing Assassin's Guild of the series and killing those alleged the Torturer's Guild of ''The Book Of The New Sun'', victims are referred to be disloyal, as "clients". The Assassin's Guild also refers to contracts as "commissions" (possibly due to their view of their work being artistic in nature). And they prefer to say "inhume" rather than about encouraging kill. "...It's like exhume... only it's before they bury you."
** The Seamstresses' Guild in the same ''Discworld'', which only has one
actual loyalty.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. Said seamstress was hired because some people just don't get euphemisms.
--->"They call themselves Seamstresses--[[CoughSnarkCough a hem, a hem!]]"
** Mentioned several times is the original guild of firefighters, disbanded because of their tendencies to stand around people's houses saying things like "looks like a very inflammable house there, it'd be shame if something happened to it". Which is almost RealLife, as is often the case with Prattchett: Marcus Licinius Crassus, who created the first Roman fire brigade, had his men ''start'' fires so that business was never slow.
** 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.



---> '''Gimli''': "In the language of Orthanc help means ruin, and saving means slaying, that is plain".

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---> '''Gimli''': -->'''Gimli''': "In the language of Orthanc help means ruin, and saving means slaying, that is plain".plain."
* In ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', the humans that the demons are attempting to damn are referred to as "patients".
* 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.



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



* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the characters refer to murder as "meeting Mr. Mayhem."



* ''Series/BabylonFive'': All the expeditions that were sent by Earth to Vorlon space disappeared. The Vorlons said that they had met with accidents and suggested they send no more expeditions into their territory.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the characters refer to murder as "meeting Mr. Mayhem."



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* In the Greek play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' many of Clytemnestra's speeches are filled with double meanings.

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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Daigo plans to use his vampiric superpower to mutate someone into a lizard monster. Devin then suggests driving around to the Greek play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'' many of Clytemnestra's speeches are filled with double meanings.lower-class neighbourhood and grabbing a poor person to be their test subject. When he's criticised for 'using' poor people, he rephrases it as 'offering them an alternative' to their difficult life.



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* The Maverick Hunters from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games refer to their work as "retiring" the mavericks.
** Which is extraordinarily likely to be a translator's ShoutOut to the identical euphemism in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Morag Tong 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" or even "assassinations", they perform ''Honorable Executions''. However, given that they are the high-class, honorable {{Professional Killer}}s in contrast to the [[TheSyndicate gangly, thuggish Cammona Tong]] and the treacherous [[PsychoForHire 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 known as "Gray Writs").
** In one quest from ''Skyrim'', a note to a [[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 word "Intermediate" implies it ''could be worse''.

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* The Maverick Hunters from In the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games refer to their work as "retiring" the mavericks.
** Which is extraordinarily likely to be a translator's ShoutOut to the identical euphemism in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Morag Tong 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" or even "assassinations", they perform ''Honorable Executions''. However, given that they
Greek play ''Theatre/{{Agamemnon}}'', many of Clytemnestra's speeches are the high-class, honorable {{Professional Killer}}s in contrast to the [[TheSyndicate gangly, thuggish Cammona Tong]] and the treacherous [[PsychoForHire 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 known as "Gray Writs").
** In one quest from ''Skyrim'', a note to a [[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 word "Intermediate" implies it ''could be worse''.
filled with double meanings.



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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', the Morag Tong 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" or even "assassinations", they perform ''Honorable Executions''. However, given that they are the high-class, honorable {{Professional Killer}}s in contrast to the [[TheSyndicate gangly, thuggish Cammona Tong]] and the treacherous [[PsychoForHire 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 known as "Gray Writs").
** In one quest from ''Skyrim'', a note to a [[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 word "Intermediate" implies it ''could be worse''.
* The Maverick Hunters from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games refer to their work as "retiring" the mavericks. Which is extraordinarily likely to be a translator's ShoutOut to the identical euphemism in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
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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.

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* In {{Webcomic/Terinu}} ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'', the Varn Dominion, which conquered Earth 500 years previously in the comic's back story, backstory, employed the "Department of Social Harmony" as its propaganda and secret police division among its population of servitors.



* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons

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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsThe WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Slick Hare" and the WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle cartoon "Flying South" each play the "having you for dinner" invite only for it to mean they're the dinner.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': When Shego proposes to infiltrate [[ArmsDealer Jack Hench's]] research facility to "find some free samples", Drakken scoffs that Hench never gives out free anything, then realizes that she actually means stealing something.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': When Shego proposes to infiltrate [[ArmsDealer Jack Hench's]] research facility to "find some free samples", Drakken scoffs that Hench never gives out free anything, then realizes that she actually means stealing something.
* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Slick Hare" and the WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle cartoon "Flying South" each play the "having you for dinner" invite only for it to mean they're the dinner.



** Parodied in a ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} strip where the PointyHairedBoss gives some employees the option to be re-purposed, re-organized, or re-assigned. The final panel has Catbert asking him how many people volunteered to be fired without knowing it.
*** 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.
*** In one of the books, Adams extrapolated from the then-current "rightsized" to the future "happysized", "splendidsized", and "orgasmsized".
*** 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 favor for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in [[NeverSayDie a different ballpark]] all together).

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** Parodied in a ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} strip where the PointyHairedBoss gives some employees the option to be re-purposed, re-organized, or re-assigned. The final panel has Catbert asking him how many people volunteered to be fired without knowing it.
*** 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.
*** In one of the books, Adams extrapolated from the then-current "rightsized" to the future "happysized", "splendidsized", and "orgasmsized".
***
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 favor for sounding overly confrontational ("termination with ''extreme'' prejudice" is in [[NeverSayDie a different ballpark]] all together).


Use of polite euphemism, typically by {{Weird Trade Union}}s, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, {{Sleazy Politician}}s, {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s, mafia insurance salesman, or [[SpySpeak spies]], especially for their targets, actions or [[FrontOrganization gathering places]] like the LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub.

Not an UnusualEuphemism. Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare NeverSayDie, DeadlyEuphemism, or SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom. For the case when a character must speak to two different people at once to convey different information, see MultitaskedConversation.

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Use of polite euphemism, typically by {{Weird Trade Union}}s, {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, {{Sleazy Politician}}s, {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s, mafia insurance salesman, salesmen, or [[SpySpeak spies]], especially for their targets, actions or [[FrontOrganization gathering places]] like the LegitimateBusinessmensSocialClub.

Not an UnusualEuphemism. Subtrope of DoubleMeaning. Compare NeverSayDie, DeadlyEuphemism, or SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom. For the case when cases where a character must speak to two different people at once to convey different information, see MultitaskedConversation.

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* The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "Slick Hare" and the WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle cartoon "Flying South" each play the "having you for dinner" invite only for it to mean they're the dinner.


* Parodied in WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons with future president Lisa's "temporary refund adjustment," which Bart inadvertently reveals on national TV to be a tax hike; nobody could figure it out otherwise.
** Also parodied in a recent WesternAnimation/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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* WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons
**
Parodied in WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons with future president Lisa's "temporary refund adjustment," which Bart inadvertently reveals on national TV to be a tax hike; nobody could figure it out otherwise.
** Also parodied in a recent WesternAnimation/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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* A football coach hearing the phrase "has the full support of the board" usually means he is within a losing game or two of being fired.


* 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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* The ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** 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''.


* ''[[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]]


* 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.

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