The lexicographers are working overtime. New words are being coined, reviewed and added to dictionaries worldwide almost daily. It seems there’s nothing like disasters and pandemics to send the spin doctors into a frenzy of creativity as they try to find ways of cloaking and minimising what is actually happening. Plain speaking is avoided at all costs – brushed roughly aside as obfuscation takes its place. It is an ignoble artform long practised by bureaucrats, politicians, the corporates and all who feel unable to call a spade a tool for digging dirt, or for shovelling it to one side. And… Continue reading