Read Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language by Don Watson Free Online
Book Title: Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language|
The author of the book: Don Watson
ISBN 13: 9781592402052
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.16 MB
Date of issue: May 4th 2006
Read full description of the books Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language:A brilliant and scathing polemic about the sorry state of the English language and what we can--and must--do about it.
Do you ever leave work wondering whether all of the words exchanged between you and your colleagues in emails and meetings actually had any meaning? You spend the day touching base and networking, workshopping and impacting, strategizing and implementing, going forward with your key performance indicators. No wonder you are exhausted when you leave the office!
Even as English spreads around the globe, the language itself is shrinking. Our vocabularies are increasingly trimmed of subtlety and obscure words are forbidden unless they qualify as economic or business jargon. The constant pressure in our society to be efficient and productive is working like a noose around the neck of the English language.
Don Watson is one of Australia's foremost writers and intellectuals. In Death Sentences, he takes up the fight against the pestilence of bullet points, the scourge of buzzwords, and the dearth of verbs in public discourse. He encourages us to wage war against the personal mission statement and the Powerpoint essay and to take back our language from the corporate wordsmiths and marketeers. BACKCOVER: Praise for Don Watson’s Death Sentences:
“Don Watson has written a fine and necessary book. Any citizen who neglects to read it does so at his or her peril.”
–Lewis H. Lapham, editor of Harper’s Magazine
"[a] marvelous polemic..."
“…captures the powerlessness and frustration we feel when confronted by meaningless words delivered with authority.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Watson makes an eloquent, elegant, and sometimes scathing case for taking back language from those who would trip it of all color and emotion and, therefore, of all meaning.
—Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist)
“…many lessons and insights in this book…”
—Leigh Buchanan, Harvard Business Review
“[Watson is] always clear and precise, even when exposing the verbal pollution that passes for wisdom in the public realm.”
Read information about the authorWatson grew up on a farm in Gippsland, took his undergraduate degree at La Trobe University and a Ph.D at Monash University and was for ten years an academic historian. He wrote three books on Australian history before turning his hand to TV and the stage. For several years he combined writing political satire for the actor Max Gillies with political speeches for the former Premier of Victoria, John Cain.
In 1992 he became Prime Minister Paul Keating's speech-writer and adviser and his best-selling account of those years, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart': Paul Keating Prime Minister, won both the The Age Book of the Year and non-fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year.
In addition to regular books, articles and essays, in recent years he has also written feature films, including The Man Who Sued God, starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis. His 2001 Quarterly Essay Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America won the inaugural Alfred Deakin Prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Death Sentence, his book about the decay of public language, was also a best seller and won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year. Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words was published in 2004 and continued to encourage readers to renounce what he perceives to be meaningless corporate and government jargon that is spreading throughout Australia and embrace meaningful, precise language. More recently Watson contributed the preface to a selection of Mark Twain's writings, The Wayward Tourist.
His latest book, American Journeys is a narrative of modern America from Watson's travels in the United States following Hurricane Katrina. It was published by Knopf in 2008 and won both the The Age Book of the Year non-fiction and Book of the Year awards.. It also won the 2008 Walkley Award for the best non-fiction book.
Add a comment to Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language
Read EBOOK Death Sentences: How Cliches, Weasel Words and Management-Speak Are Strangling Public Language by Don Watson Online free