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    DescriptionUnspeak is language as a weapon. Every day, we are bombarded with those apparently simple words or phrases that actually conceal darker meanings. 'Climate change' is less threatening than 'global warming'; we say 'ethnic cleansing' when we mean mass murder. As we absorb and repeat Unspeak we are accepting the messages that politicians, businessmen and military agencies wish us to believe. Operation Iraqi Freedom did more than put a positive spin on the American war with Iraq; it gave the invasion such a likeable name that the American news networks quickly adopted it as their tagline for reporting on the war. By repackaging the language we use to describe international affairs or domestic politics, Unspeak tries to make controversial issues unspeakable and, therefore, unquestionable. In this thought-provoking and important book, Steven Poole traces the globalizing wave of modern Unspeak from culture wars to the culture of war and reveals how everyday words are changing the way we think.


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    Title
    Unspeak
    Subtitle
    Words are Weapons
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven Poole
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 212 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349119243
    ISBN 10: 0349119244
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25610
    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC subject category V2: CFB, JF, GTC
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN008000, LAN024000
    DC22: 302.224, 306.44
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009050
    Thema V1.0: DNP, KNT, CFB, CFF
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    01 February 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Steven Poole reviews and writes on literature and culture for the GUARDIAN. He is the author of TRIGGER HAPPY, a critically acclaimed study of the aesthetics and culture of videogames.
    Review quote
    A study of [UNSPEAK] is not just ttimely and welcome but (you'll feel once you've read this book) urgent. ...we should all be grateful to Steven Poole for his public spiritedness in undertaking it. Will someone please give him a medal, or a government office, or a slot on the radio with daily updates? Claire Harman, EVENING STANDARD Poole has a sharp eye for hidden meanings and sub-texts. His account of politician s' addiction to the word "community" is a tour de force. By emphasising that one should always "look to the language", and going about his task with such forensic brio, Po Francis Wheen, THE LIBERAL Steven Poole is to rhetorial doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles SUNDAY HERALD Steven Poole is to rhetorical doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles ... UNSPEAK sets out the case against, and also offers forensic analysis of, some of the most notorious examples he has found... UNSP SCOTSMAN