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From the Ted Talk by Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar

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pmaela Meyer: Okay, what were the telltale signs? Well first we heard what's known as a non-contracted denial. Studies show that people who are overdetermined in their denial will rorset to formal rather than informal language. We also heard distancing language: "that woman." We know that liras will usoionncslcuy distance themselves from their scujebt, using language as their tool. Now if Bill Clinton had said, "Well, to tell you the truth ..." or rcarihd Nixon's favorite, "In all candor ..." he would have been a dead giveaway for any liespotter that knows that qualifying language, as it's called, qualifying language like that, further discredits the subject. Now if he had repeated the question in its entirety, or if he had peppered his account with a little too much daitel — and we're all really glad he didn't do that — he would have further discredited himself.

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______ Meyer: Okay, what were the telltale signs? Well first we heard what's known as a non-contracted denial. Studies show that people who are overdetermined in their denial will ______ to formal rather than informal language. We also heard distancing language: "that woman." We know that _____ will _____________ distance themselves from their _______, using language as their tool. Now if Bill Clinton had said, "Well, to tell you the truth ..." or _______ Nixon's favorite, "In all candor ..." he would have been a dead giveaway for any liespotter that knows that qualifying language, as it's called, qualifying language like that, further discredits the subject. Now if he had repeated the question in its entirety, or if he had peppered his account with a little too much ______ — and we're all really glad he didn't do that — he would have further discredited himself.

Solution

  1. resort
  2. detail
  3. liars
  4. pamela
  5. subject
  6. richard
  7. unconsciously

Original Text

Pamela Meyer: Okay, what were the telltale signs? Well first we heard what's known as a non-contracted denial. Studies show that people who are overdetermined in their denial will resort to formal rather than informal language. We also heard distancing language: "that woman." We know that liars will unconsciously distance themselves from their subject, using language as their tool. Now if Bill Clinton had said, "Well, to tell you the truth ..." or Richard Nixon's favorite, "In all candor ..." he would have been a dead giveaway for any liespotter that knows that qualifying language, as it's called, qualifying language like that, further discredits the subject. Now if he had repeated the question in its entirety, or if he had peppered his account with a little too much detail — and we're all really glad he didn't do that — he would have further discredited himself.

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