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  • by gnat (29) on 2002.05.20 16:58 (#8598) Journal
    Ha! I saw the same thing. I was contemplating having him at OSCON as an interesting diversion, but he didn't seem entirely comfortable speaking. Perhaps it was the cameras.

    He had great examples of horrendous twisting of the language: "concretize" was the one that stuck with me. His point wasn't just that these sorts of neologisms are ugly, but that they're deliberately designed by advertisers, PR lackeys, and politicos to conceal the truth and inflate.

    An interesting twist on the same would be a "How to Lie with English" book, along the same lines as "How to Lie with Statistics []".