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Posted by Brian from Shawnee on June 05, 2004

In Reply to: Eduspeak posted by Cynthia Rurak on June 04, 2004

: I'm looking for the origin of eduspeak, when it originated and where.

: Thanks,
: Cynthia

I can make an educated guess, or "eduguess", if you will, at the origin, but when & where it originated, I don't know. The term is based on Orwell's "newpseak", a word he coined in the novel 1984 and which basically means "doubletalk". Sometimes the term "PC" could be used in place of "newspeak" these days.

Anyway, I don't know the technical term for it, but any jargon can be re-labeled as a type of "-speak" simply by taking the first syllable or two and sticking the word "speak" on the end. It's easy: technospeak, diplospeak, eduspeak, eurospeak, etc.

I would consider use of these terms mildly derisive or flippant.