When listening to certain politicians, reporters, talking heads, or pundits (there’s another one, see below), we pretty regularly hear the word “demagogue,” “demagogued,” or “demagoging.” The “ue” on the end is silent.
A “demagogue” is “someone who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using a rational argument in their “rhetoric” (there’s another one).”
In other words, someone “demagoging” an issue is not being genuine with their argument. They are politicizing it, “spinning” it (there’s another one), and being less than completely honest.
“Demagogues” exploit prejudice and ignorance among people that are not really paying attention and those who are not particularly intelligent on a specific issue, or in general.
A “pundit” is a supposed “expert” in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to share their opinions with the public.
“Rhetoric” is language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.
“Spinning” is an attempt at giving a particular interpretation, especially a favorable one, on a speech, a political result, or a situation.
If you can think of more words that might be considered “swamp speak,” please give me some feedback and we’ll take a look at it!
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