"Effective communication requires truthfulness, which is more than not telling lies. Speakers must also say, or at least be willing to say, what they really mean."— in
Excellent article on the inflation of language, which always leads to the corruption of language. We live in an age of hyperbolic nonsense that hallows words of their true meaning, blunting the truly obscene, & elevating pettiness.
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"Just as printing too much paper currency diminishes the value of the currency, concept inflation degrades the rhetorical effect of inflated words and phrases." [email protected]
. chronicles how activists have carefully loosened the usage and meaning of emotionally impactful words in order to manipulate an audience.
Concept inflation describes what occurs when speakers loosen the usage of an emotionally impactful word in order to manipulate an audience.
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Lovely polemic on conceptual engineering by .
This article by on what he calls concept inflation and implicit hyperbole is very good and I strongly recommend it.
“Hey Nick I want to feel smart today. Got anything to read?” Why, yes. Yes I do.
"The Boy Who Inflated the Concept of 'Wolf'": "Concept inflation" involves loosening "the usage of an emotionally impactful word in order to manipulate an audience."
“The Boy Who Inflated the Concept of ‘Wolf’” by : via . Takes me back to my first publication on persuasive definition, 20(!) years ago:
One of the best analyses of concept creep ("inflation") I've read, from in . Closing injunction is spot on.
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