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Unspeak: Words Are Weapons
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Steven Poole reviews and writes on literature and culture for the GUARDIAN. He is the author of TRIGGER HAPPY, a critically acclaimed study of the aesthetics and culture of videogames.

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A study of [UNSPEAK] is not just ttimely and welcome but (you'll feel once you've read this book) urgent. ...we should all be grateful to Steven Poole for his public spiritedness in undertaking it. Will someone please give him a medal, or a government office, or a slot on the radio with daily updates? - Claire Harman, EVENING STANDARDPoole has a sharp eye for hidden meanings and sub-texts. His account of politician s' addiction to the word ''community'' is a tour de force. By emphasising that one should always ''look to the language'', and going about his task with such forensic brio, Po - Francis Wheen, THE LIBERALSteven Poole is to rhetorial doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles - SUNDAY HERALDSteven Poole is to rhetorical doublespeak what the small boy was to the naked emperor: a pin to prick the speech bubbles . . . UNSPEAK sets out the case against, and also offers forensic analysis of, some of the most notorious examples he has found... UNSP - SCOTSMAN

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