The excellent website SourceWatch provides a very helpful etymology of the term “doublespeak.” The site explains how the word has been inaccurately (if understandably) attributed to the great George Orwell and provides several helpful examples – terms like “negative patient care outcomes” (i.e. death) and “non-core promise” (i.e. a lie). Today the leader of the North Carolina House, Double-Speaker Thom Tillis provided some new grist for the SourceWatch mill.
Tillis’ entry: “compromise.” Read more