How to discern truth vs. falsehood through speech

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Frederick Dodson

Speech is one of several ways to discern true/false. Dishonest agendas are revealed by excessive

corporate jargon & buzzwords
stilted speech
politically correct speech
legalistic writing
forceful speech

Honest speech is

natural 🌲
specific 🎯
easy to understand 👂

Corporate Jargon

“we are fully committed to…”
“we value your privacy”

These are my two favorite. 😆

Not only are these statements overused, any collective statement is untrue from the outset. There is no “we” that can give such a promise. Who is “we”? Is every single employee “fully committed?” Just how committed are they? On a scale from 1-10? 😂

People who use a lot of buzzwords usually lack any real content or expertise and are trying to cover up the fact by using meaningless words. “We’re here to create a real synergy, to put boots on the ground so that we can move the needle in the customer’s journey.”

See how that works? Many words, but nothing specific was said.

Stilted Speech

Fred, what is your price-point?
Why not just say price?

Let’s evaluate your core competency.
Why not just say strength?

Let me double-check.
Before you double-check, why not just check?

It is my lived experience…
The standalone word experience already implies that it is “lived”.

Unnatural or excessively formal speech reveals insecurity or corporate indoctrination, away from authentic self-expression. 🚨

Stilted speech also manifests itself as a pedantic, high-pitched nasal tone. A pedantic attitude is sometimes indicative of buried trauma, believe it or not.

Politically Correct Speech

“Canada is a country of diversity, equality and inclusion. (For this reason we cannot tolerate the protests of Truckers against mandatory vaccination and will freeze their bank accounts)”.

Excessive virtue-signalling almost always masks a hidden agenda. Thus, one is “inclusive” only as far as nobody dares voice a different viewpoint. 😅

When it doesn’t reveal a hidden agenda, politically-correct-language often reveals insecurity or fear of abandonment at a subconscious level.

Legalistic Writing

Sometimes dishonesty hides behind complicated wording, unnecessary foreign words, specialized terms and legalese. If you don’t understand something, don’t sign off on it. If a person can’t put something into simple terms, don’t do Business with them.

In witness whereof, the parties hereunto have set their hands to these presents as a deed on this (day month and year) hereinbefore mentioned.

Say what?

The whole paragraph actually means “Signed on this date”. Then why not just say that?

Legalese reveals either pretentiousness or deception.

Forceful Speech

The most reliable indicator of falsehood is forceful speech. Someone is trying too hard, talking too quickly or too loudly or insisting that you think or do something. Someone is alarmist, fear or desire mongering.

“This is urgent! Stock up on ammo, the coming eclipse is going to wipe out half of humanity!!!!!”

Social media featured hundreds of thousands of people trying to convince us that an eclipse was going to be the END. A few weeks later the same people said a solar storm will spell absolute damnation. 90% of the time fearmongering = lies.

Why do they do it? To get more followers, more money, etc. There’s a sucker born every minute. Little do they know that fear-based followers aren’t fun to be around. It’s easy to talk about negative events in a more measured and productive way.

Not all people who use these types of speech are operating in falsehood, some just think it’s what’s expected of them. But at the very least, the excessive use of this kind of language should set off your sense of discernment. 🧐

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