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You are not alone if you heard someone giving a speech containing words that, at close inspection, sum up to nothing. You are also not alone if you interviewed someone who answered questions with vocal noise that filled the air without giving any meaningful answer.
I have a name for noise disguised as words; probably not an original one: I call it “muddy words.” People who keep speaking with muddy words are not afflicted by the inability to communicate; they are afflicted — at best — by an inability to think clearly. In some cases, muddy words are a deliberate attempt to confuse and deceive. Politicians do that all the time, but that is a story for another occasion. ...