Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Language and its Inadvertent Communications

What's with the weird use of English?

'And so today I say to you...

'Hanging in the balance...

'Freefall in the economy...

'Road towards recovery...

And all the outside human nature and behaviour words: foaming, savage, slashing, triggering...
while Labour is: wise, empowering, innovative, maintaining, nurturing...

Perhaps Labour's speech drafters have flashcards with good words and phrases printed on them and they throw them up in the air then string them together as they fall. Ditto for bad words to describe those who will eat their babies and tear apart the human condition.

Remarkably uninformative about what must be done, though unintentionally informative about Labour's vapidity and lies.

6 comments:

Philipa said...

Yes, nothing like David Cameron's bold policies:

"let optimism beat pessimism. Let sunshine win the day"

'Remarkably uninformative about what must be done' did you say? Hmmm.

Elby The Beserk said...

With regard to Labour and the use of English, I revert to Anglo-Saxon at its most earthy, with outbursts of Tourettes.

Orwell's Newspeak came to life in the UK with the advent of New Labour.

Caronte said...

It all started with Tony Blair's "sound-bites". I hope they choke on them.

Scrobs... said...

'Pound in your pocket' springs to mind - (spoken in an unpleasant, thickly accented voice) if we ever can keep them while Zanulab batter the Euro down our throats...

Nomad said...

Whilst admitting that this morning I do not in fact feel as sick as a parrot, I do feel that at the end of the day, and so long as there is a level playing field, we should be able to get down to the nitty gritty in/with regard to this one.

Anonymous said...

You have obviously not read many of Cameron's speeches. Which really are little more than a collection of sound bites.


Just have a look and tell me I'm wrong.

The days of politicians making speeches with meaning and connected ideas are long past I'm afraid.