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Word Abuse: How the Words We Use Use Us

Donna Woolfolk Cross, MA

Though we usually think of words merely as tools to express our thoughts, we are often unaware of the ways words can be used against us, manipulating our ideas and even our behavior. In this humorous and anecdotal talk, Donna Woolfolk Cross reveals how advertisers, politicians, lawyers, pollsters, doctors, and others artfully shape our thoughts with the use of weasel words, buzzwords, jargon, gobbledygook, euphemisms, and other long-established “tricks of the trade.” This talk seeks to make us masters of our language, not its slaves.

Instructor: Donna Woolfolk Cross received a BA in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in Literature and Writing from UCLA. Her books include Speaking of Words, Mediaspeak, and Word Abuse: How the Words We Use Use Us. Cross became a regular on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show and appeared on a number of other popular TV shows. Her novel Pope Joan was an international bestseller and the source of an award-winning film, TV series, and stage musical.

Coordinator: Jack Holtzman

Course Number: OSHR-70028   Credit: 0 units


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05/30/2017 In-class 123318 $0.00  

Day and Time: Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla