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"Half empty because of congressional inaction, and half full because of the tireless efforts of the President."
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"Objection, Your Honor! The prosecution is combining dog years and people years in a callous and deliberate attempt to confuse the witness."
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"I regret that my poor choice of words caused some people to understand what I was saying."
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"To answer your question, we may or may not be trying to have it both ways."
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It was clear from an early age that Colin was going to be a politician.
Tags:evasion, evasions, avoiding the question, avoids the question, question, questions, politician, politicians, political candidate, political candidates, excuse, excuses, obfuscation, obfuscate, obfuscates, obfuscating, campaign speech, campaign speeches, homework, deflect, deflects, deflecting, deflection, deflections, spin, campaign spin, career politician, career politicians
"Hey, I just got a tweet from Trump asking why I'm watching fake news."
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Dept. for Obfuscation - Out for periodic diurnal replenishment of nutritive substances.
"First the good news...it's only money."
"Quit stalling, Smithers. Where's the SALES chart?"
Tags:stalling tactic, stalling tactics, beat around the bush, drag one’s feet, play for time, equivocate, equivocation, put off, delaying tactics, obfuscate, obfuscation, monthly report, monthly reports, sales chart, sales charts, sales report, monthly sales figures, eye chart, eye test, vision test, eye examination
"'Spin the story!' 'Snow 'em!' 'Stonewall!' 'Cook the books!' C'mon, people! Can't you come up with some NEW ideas once in a while?"
"Great work, Smith. I must say, it's heartening to read a press release that both honors and builds upon the time-honored tradition of artisanal, hand-crafted gobbledygook!"
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"Tighten the bolts and slap some more boilerplate on this report, Mike. It's got candor leaking out in a dozen places!"
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"Sorry Brian, bit of a rush this morning - I've left my face in the car."
"With all due respect, instead of the phrase 'bank robbery,' we request the alleged incident be referred to as an 'Elmore Leonard moment!'"
Tags:trial, trials, judges, attorneys, barristers, magistrates, judge, attorney, barrister, magistrate, legal, legal system, procedure, plea, bargain, novel, novelist, book, books, elmore leonard, crime novel, criminal, felony, robber, robbery, obfuscate, misstate, mislead, conceal, disguise, language, pretense, dissemble, literature, excuse, justify, minimize, play down, make light of, defense, defendant, accuse, accused, obfuscate, author, rationale, rationalize, rationalization
"That was quite a presentation you made at today's meeting, Larry. In fact, there were moments when you came perilously close to actually making a point!"
Tags:business, jargon, meeting, meetings, presentation, obfuscate, muddle, obscure, mislead, communication, communicate, mis-communicate, business jargon, corporate jargon, presentations, presentation skill, presentation skills, corporate culture, corporate environment, communication skills, communication skill