Words: Thought Pollution, Post-“1984”

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…In 66 years of reports, the verb “disagree” never appears (though disagreement is used twice.) The implication, the authors said, is that “there is only one way to do things” — no alternative policies are possible. And “superlatives are de rigueur,” the essay notes. “People, behavior and results are ‘outstanding,’ ‘significant,’ ‘relevant,’ ‘consistent,’ strong,’ ‘good’ (and ‘better’).”

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:::::::::::At the World Bank, a Shortage of Concrete (Language) – The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/upshot/at-the-world-bank-a-shortage-of-concrete-language.html?_r=0

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