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Doublespeak – 4 October 2007

The distortion and deception of doublespeak – the eroding and watering down of the meaning of words has become widespread. One example is the use of the word “humane” as in “humane veal.” Others that come to mind are: “healthy,” “natural,” and “organic.”

One supermarket’s weekly circular features a special section with the catchy title “Easy to Eat Well” that promotes the sale of unhealthful foods along with two recipes. The tactics used in the latest one are so outrageously dishonest, I could hardly believe it! “Comfort Foods Without the Fat!” the banner proclaims. Since when are 2 pounds of pork, avocado, and olive oil “without fat”? Unbelievable!

The language is upbeat, happy, (remember the “happy cows” ads?) and designed to keep the public from changing their eating habits, using psychology to justify their weakness – in effect, promoting their self-delusion and self-destruction. These articles are so flagrant in their distortion of the truth that they set a new standard for the art of spin and deception!

Is it any wonder that obesity, cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and all the accompanying symptoms and other common complaints are epidemic?

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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