[ISN] The Microsoft-English Dictionary 1.0

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Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 23:46:55 PDT

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    Forwarded by: Richard Forno <rfornoat_private>
    For his novel "1984" George Orwell developed "Newspeak", a modified
    English language using ambiguous or deceptive words, metaphors, or
    euphemisms to influence public opinion on various matters - a common
    business practice refined to an exacting science by news media,
    marketing companies, and corporate PR departments.
    Nowhere is Newspeak more perfected than in the halls of the Microsoft
    Campus in Redmond, Washington - a place where legions of well-paid
    spin-meisters attempt to morph the reality of their company's
    business, legal, and product information into innocuous -sounding,
    politically-correct, calm-inducing statements when released to the
    public. Naturally, this has a confusing effect on the general public
    who is unfamiliar with this particular form of language.
    As a public service, this article contains a helpful list of terms
    used by the company and what, in reality - not Newspeak - such terms
    actually mean. It's my hope that such insight - culled from personal
    experience and the input of other technology professionals - will cut
    through the Newspeak fog and assist readers in determining for
    themselves what Microsoft is really saying in its public statements.
    The Microsoft-English Dictionary is organized into four sections: (1)
    Legal, Marketing, and Internet Community Terms; (2) Security-Oriented
    Terms; (3) Product-Related Terms; and (4) Miscellaneous Terms.
    Article Found at: http://www.infowarrior.org/articles/2001-04.html
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