London, Dec 24 (UNI) Scratching your head to decipher what politicians actually mean when they use their oratorical skills to the hilt? Well, answers to your queries may lie in a book called dictionary.
Now a new dictionary has been compiled to help us decipher some of the confusing language used by ministers and MPs.
The 2008 Lexicon from the Centre for Policy Studies lists more than 100 words and phrases, plus translation, the Daily Mail reported.
Citing few examples, like 'empowerment' which, according to Lexicon means ''ensuring that citizens do what the Government wants.'' A few others include 'fast track' which means ''not allowing Parliament sufficient time to consider the implications of new legislation,'' while ''guidance'' can be interpreted as 'government interference.'' The think-tank says ''politicians have manipulated the language, often motivated by the desire to create a sense of activity and purpose and thereby to justify their existence.'' We have taken this disguise to new heights in its desire to solve every problem, the New Labour dictionary said.
As its perface warns ''Familiar words have in many cases been drained of their original meaning. Others have come to mean their opposite.'' UNI XC PD Mir HT1248