Friday, July 3, 2015

Mispeaking and Mistruthing

Published: March 18, 2013, 4:57 pm
OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Alison Redford says the federal government should follow her province’s lead of introducing a carbon price on greenhouse gas emissions for large industrial emitters — as long as it improves environmental outcomes and is not a publicity stunt.

In an interview Monday with Postmedia News, Redford also said the Obama administration’s looming decision over the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline will have long-term implications on the Canada-U.S. relationship.

She also scolded federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair for spreading what she said are “mistruths” and betraying Canada’s long-term economic interests during his visit last week to the United States.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better.
George Orwell
Politics and the English Language

"I mis-spoke."
What the hell does that mean?  I didn't know what I was talking about?  I thought it was right but it wasn't?  I just made it up and didn't care if it was right or not?  I knew it wasn't right but said it anyway?

Here's a suggestion;  let's encourage the use of "accurate" and "inaccurate."

For example:  "Premier Redford was unable to say which statement of Mr. Mulcair's was inaccurate or how it was inaccurate."