Doublespeak



  • From George Orwells 1984. The guy was 20 years out, but other than that fairly accurate... Its the ability to hold two separated and completely contradictory statements in your head and believe that both are true



  • Doublespeak here ought to be doublethink. The person who first defined it must have had doublethink confused with newspeak and thus combined the two. The definition given is for doublethink.



  • Deliberately ambiguous or evasive language. see: doubletalk.



  • the term comes from the [George Orwell] book [1984], by the way.



  • When you are messaging someone back and forth and while you are writing a response their last message they send another message on a different topic. You realize the second message requires a completely seperate message to answer so you quickly finish you initial response and send it. Then as you start typing the second message the other person reads the message you already sent then proceeds to write a message back, ignoring the second topic of conversation as if he or she were talking to someone else. You respond in the same fashion and the two of you have two seperate messaging conversations at the same time until some point one topic is dropped or the messaging ends altogether.



  • The medical term is echolalia which is the involuntary parrotlike repetition of a word or phrase just spoken by another person. Echolalia is a feature of schizophrenia. In Kurt Vonneguts Breakfast of Champions one of the characters suffers from chronic doublespeak.


 

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