Don't Go There: Words and Expressions to Avoid 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Vertically challenged ____________________________________________________________________ Nonpositively terminated ____________________________________________________________________ Revenue enhancement ____________________________________________________________________ Unauthorized withdrawal ____________________________________________________________________ Outplaced ____________________________________________________________________ Mechanically separated meat ____________________________________________________________________ Cheese analogs ____________________________________________________________________ Involuntarily leisured ____________________________________________________________________ 245 Answers Did you get these answers? 1. a short person 2. fired 3. tax increase 4. robbery 5. fired 6. salvaged meat 7. fake cheese 8. fired Score Yourself All 8 correct 5 to 7 correct 3 to 4 correct 1 to 2 correct You must be working for the government You applied for a job with the government There's hope for you yet You call it as you see it; I like you What can we expect in a world where "a personal time control center" is a watch, "writing fluid" is ink, and "social expression products" are greeting cards? Teachers are now "learning facilitators," a sick person is "a compromised susceptible host," and a deadly missile is a "peacekeeper." Save yourself. Each of the these phrases is an example of doublespeak --artificial, evasive language. Doublespeak pretends to communicate but really doesn't. It is language that makes the bad seem good, the negative appear positive, the unpleasant become pleasant. It shifts responsibility and deliberately aims to distort and deceive. With doublespeak, words and facts don't agree. At the heart of any doublespeak is an incongruity between what is said and what is meant. When writers use doublespeak, they hide the truth. Always avoid doublespeak; use language truth- fully. Doublespeak includes the following subcategories: · · · · Jargon Bureaucratic language Inflated language Euphemisms