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    I need to come up with some doublespeak words or phrases such as
    homeless people - residentally challenged
    potholes in roads - pavement deficiencies
    Any examples would be helpful.

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    ugly- aesthetically challenged
    bald- folically challenged

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    Quote Originally Posted by unknown View Post
    I need to come up with some doublespeak words or phrases such as
    homeless people - residentally challenged
    potholes in roads - pavement deficiencies
    Any examples would be helpful.
    short = vertically challenged
    housewife = domestic engineer
    disabled = differently-abled
    blind = visually challenged

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    At a local hospital, patients don't "die" - they "fail to reach their wellness potential."

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    area denial munitions - landmines
    operational exhaustion - shell shock
    collateral damage - hitting something that isn't the target
    enemy combatant - prisoner with no legal rights
    transfer tube - body bag
    extraordinary rendition - kidnap
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    Hi, Unknown,
    I have never heard the word doublespeak. The dictionary says it means demagogy. Your question is not quite clear. Will this humorous one do?
    Dead men don't talk. -
    Male cadavers are incapable of yielding testimony.
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    "Doublespeak" was inspired by George Orwell's novel 1984. In it, he envisioned a society in which the State controlled people very closely using various methods. One of those methods was manipulating language by inventing a language called "Newspeak", a stripped-down version of English which would make certain ideas impossible to talk about. "Doublethink" is believing two contradictory things at the same time. "Doublespeak", a word never used by Orwell, is thus a portmanteau.

    downsizing -- firing a lot of people
    pacify -- subdue by force (in one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, one soldier complains that when you pacify certain people, they pacify you right back)

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    A very thin person could be called "horizontally challenged".

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    Deferred success = fail an exam or course

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