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Born in 1940, William Lutz is a linguist who earned his doctorate at the University of Nevada, Reno and later was a professor at Rutgers University. (Reno has a population of approximately 250,000.)

Lutz specialized in “doublespeak,” which basically means ways of talking or writing that are intentionally indirect, confusing or exaggerating. The origin of the term is often incorrectly attributed to George Orwell’s book, 1984. An example of doublespeak is “pre-owned car” instead of “used car” in that “pre-owned” is unclear about actual use.

Read more about William Lutz and his writings here: sec.gov.

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Patricia Smart