duckspeak

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Etymology[edit]

duck +‎ speak, coined by George Orwell in Nineteen-Eighty Four.

Noun[edit]

duckspeak (uncountable)

  1. Thoughtless or formulaic speech.
    • 1989, Richard Rorty, Contingency, irony, and solidarity
      Because his utterances detour through his brain - rather than, as in duckspeak, coming straight from the well-programmed larynx - he has Socratic doubts...
    • 2004, Joan Elizabeth Lloyd, Club Fantasy
      I think you might just have had the courage to realize things I didn't know were there. That's really duckspeak, isn't it. I only thought I was happy.
    • 2006, Stephen Ingle, The social and political thought of George Orwell
      They have developed a particularly obnoxious form of ungood duckspeak. 'Friendly fire' and 'collateral damage' are only the most obvious examples...
    • 2008, Richard J Alexander, Framing Discourse on the Environment: A Critical Discourse Approach
      To be sure, he provides very many juicy examples of such duckspeak or bullshit...

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