Liars And Those Who Doublepeak By William Lurners

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Liars and those who doublespeak are in our daily lives, but how are they different from each other? In “The Ways We Lie” by Stephanie Ericsson and “The World of Doublespeak” by William Lutz, they portray doublespeak and lies as being similar with very few differences. Similarities between those that doublespeak and lie are how both mislead and deceive others. The results of such can be harmful.
First of all, liars and double-speakers within “The Ways We Lie” and “The World of Doublespeak” have similar intentions for their action such as misleading for the purpose of gaining something in return. Like double-speakers, liars intend to mislead their audience. For instance, lies of omission are meant to tell the truth but leave something of significance
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For instance, liars intentionally use different forms of lies to manipulate and deceive just as double-speakers do. It depends on the current situation that has arisen which portrays the differences in each type of category. For instance, some may lie in one situation to make a punishment less severe for them or they may choose to doublespeak in order to deter the audience away from the issue. The major difference between liars and double-speakers is that everyone is a liar. Many of those that use doublespeak are in the political aspects of the world. This includes the politicians and others associated within the political world. To illustrate on the lying aspect, Ericsson begins with “We lie. We all do” (407). From this, Ericsson tells a truth. Everyone lies. We cannot help it. We are all human by nature, we lie and ‘sin’. I have told many lies throughout my life thus far. I have lied about not stealing my brother’s clearly marked cake, “Cyphres’s Cake”, just because I was hungry. It was not a serious lie but there are and were lies that had very large consequences. For instance, think about the Trojan Horse that the Greeks had insisted was a peace offering, only for the men inside to attack the sleeping Trojans. That lie had cost the lives of many during those times. Now, in Lutz’s “The World of Doublespeak”, Lutz’s examples mainly comprise of politicians such as ex-presidents and those within the military on political news. William Lutz himself proclaims, “The use of doublespeak can become so pervasive that it becomes the coin of the political realm, with speakers and listeners convinced that they really understand such language” (Lutz 423). If doublespeak has been so commonly known in the political world, it is assumed that mainly those within the political life use it. William Lutz gave examples of Alan Greenspan of the Council of Economic Advisors, Jesse Moore, and William

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