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Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it?

Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it?

What is ‘cluster deployment’, and how can you be sure to ‘engage multiple stakeholders through your strategic delivery channel’? What’s the difference between ‘backcasting’ and ‘backfilling’ and could it ever matter?

The language of business and work grows ever more depleted, barren and senseless. Politicians hide in thickets of endless repeated messages, platitudes and clichés, or behind such shameless Newspeak as ‘operational matters’. The thing is viral: leaping from corporate windows of opportunity, it has taken hold in universities and schools, the public service, hospitals, local councils, fire brigades, the weather bureau. (What is the difference between rain and a rain event?)

Don Watson returns to the follies he described in Death Sentence and Weasel Words. With his trademark management-jargon mockery, he will make you cringe and laugh and possibly die of shame. But above all he will ask you to resist: to fight in the fields and in the streets – and in the offices and on the internet - and never surrender.

Reviews

A brilliant book.

Alan Jones, 2GB

I did find much to enjoy

Stephen Romei, The Australian

For Watson, bad language isn't simply an editor's or writing teacher's problem with slack or inappropriate diction. It's a political problem; it's the ubiquity of things such as obfuscation, bad faith, fear-mongering, and ideological distortion on the part of people in authority, whether CEOs or politicians. (When is a terrorist not a terrorist?) Worst Words will improve the writing of whoever reads it — every corporate tearoom should have one

Owen Richardson, The Age

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780857983442

    November 2, 2015

    Vintage Australia

    448 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9780857983459

    November 2, 2015

    RHA eBooks Adult

    448 pages

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Also by Don Watson

The Bush
There It Is Again
A Single Tree
Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump: Quarterly Essay 63
Reflections on Recollections of a Bleeding Heart
The Big House on the Hill
The Big House on the Hill (Storycuts)
Reflections on Recollections of a Bleeding Heart (Storycuts)
Recollections Of A Bleeding Heart 10th Anniversary Edition
Bendable Learnings
American Journeys
On Indignation
The Wayward Tourist
Watson's Dictionary Of Weasel Words
Death Sentence
Rabbit Syndrome: Australia & America: Quarterly Essay 4
Caledonia Australis

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Home and Away
Bit Rot
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How to Stay Alive
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Sorted!
Being There
Dogs Who Smile
Homework for Grown-Ups Quiz Book
Perfect Letters and Emails for All Occasions
On Passion
On Doubt
Mothers and Daughters
Life's a Pitch