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From the Ted Talk by Noah Tavlin: What "Orwellian" really means

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In his essay, "Politics and the English Language," he described techniques like using pretentious words to project ahoiuttry, or making atrocities sound acceptable by burying them in euphemisms and convoluted scnteene srruetctus. But even more mundane abuses of language can afefct the way we think about things. The words you see and hear in eredvayy advertising have been crafted to appeal to you and affect your bveioahr, as have the soundbites and tnkliag points of political campaigns which rarely present the most nuanced perspective on the iessus. And the way that we use ready-made phrases and responses gleaned from media reports or copied from the Internet makes it easy to get away with not thinking too deeply or questioning your assumptions.

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In his essay, "Politics and the English Language," he described techniques like using pretentious words to project _________, or making atrocities sound acceptable by burying them in euphemisms and convoluted ________ __________. But even more mundane abuses of language can ______ the way we think about things. The words you see and hear in ________ advertising have been crafted to appeal to you and affect your ________, as have the soundbites and _______ points of political campaigns which rarely present the most nuanced perspective on the ______. And the way that we use ready-made phrases and responses gleaned from media reports or copied from the Internet makes it easy to get away with not thinking too deeply or questioning your assumptions.

Solution

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  2. behavior
  3. authority
  4. issues
  5. affect
  6. sentence
  7. talking
  8. everyday

Original Text

In his essay, "Politics and the English Language," he described techniques like using pretentious words to project authority, or making atrocities sound acceptable by burying them in euphemisms and convoluted sentence structures. But even more mundane abuses of language can affect the way we think about things. The words you see and hear in everyday advertising have been crafted to appeal to you and affect your behavior, as have the soundbites and talking points of political campaigns which rarely present the most nuanced perspective on the issues. And the way that we use ready-made phrases and responses gleaned from media reports or copied from the Internet makes it easy to get away with not thinking too deeply or questioning your assumptions.

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