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The Microsoft-English Dictionary 1.0
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 01:46:55 -0500 (CDT)

Forwarded by: Richard Forno <rforno () infowarrior org>

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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