Doublespeak

Doublespeak is language that disguises or distorts the meaning of words deliberately and can often involve a degree of ambiguity. Doublespeak may use euphemisms (that is, indirect expressions used in place of words judged too harsh or blunt when referring to something embarrassing or unpleasant – for example, “downsizing” for laying off employees, “cleansing” for … Continue reading Doublespeak

It’s just a phrase I’m going through: Types of phrase

A phrase is usually a small group of words that stand together as a unit, but technically it could consist of just one word. The Oxford Thesaurus gives several synonyms to describe a phrase: clause, idiom, expression, proverb, motto, adage, cliché, platitude, slogan, or saying. That is quite a broad spectrum.   Nigel Rees in his … Continue reading It’s just a phrase I’m going through: Types of phrase