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meddyg

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What is that word ? (2)
« on: June 05, 2019, 03:56:13 pm »
Now Auntie Helen has achieved satisfaction through the forum ( or maybe not)
can you help me with an adjective to describe 'pretending things are fine when really they're not.'
Reply usually tinged with sweet innocence too.

Disingenous is the closest I can come.

It's usually the tone adopted by Government spokesmen in countering a report that
a) prisons are full
b) we've not got enough doctors
c) child & adolescent psychiatry is underfunded

Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 04:01:59 pm »
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Mrs Pingu

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 06:31:20 pm »
Ostriching.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 06:55:29 pm »
insouciant
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Phil W

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 08:16:08 pm »
Dissembling

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 08:22:08 pm »
panglossian

Pollyanna

although both these (especially Pollyanna) refer to people who really believe everything is OK despite evidence to the contrary, rather than people who are just pretending it's OK.
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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 08:31:41 pm »
delusional?
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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2019, 08:41:23 pm »
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Phil W

Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 08:41:28 pm »
Rees-Mogging or Borising?

Phil W

Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2019, 08:42:03 pm »
Doublethinker

Ah doublespeak from 1984

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2019, 09:03:15 pm »
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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2019, 09:37:33 pm »
I knew a manager who was the epitome of disingenuousness; they used it as a tool to discover how much other, usually naïve or subordinate, people knew about such-and-such, by which they might prove their own superiority.  Disingenuous isn't the correct adjective in this case.  Disarming may be more appropriate.

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2019, 09:10:51 am »
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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2019, 09:23:19 am »
(Politely) dishonest

meddyg

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2019, 10:50:30 am »
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adjective to describe 'pretending things are fine when really they're not.'
Reply usually tinged with sweet innocence too.

If I tell you that  it's a conveyancing clerk in a solicitor's office who tells me every week that things
are on target for exchange/completion. And then another Friday comes around . . . . .

We borrowed 'insouciant' from ze French - and I like the German Unbekümmert -
but for lawyers and estate agents we really need to add the unctuous/emolient style
to describe the disingenous Polyanna at the end of the phone !


thanks for your all your suggestions - I feel better now !

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2019, 10:55:17 am »
I think the word you're looking for is ideological. Running down services is a deliberate act either because the people doing the work of downgrading these services believe that people should be forced to stand on their own two feet or because (and more often these days) they figure there's profit to be made.
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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2019, 09:10:46 pm »
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meddyg

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Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2020, 01:05:50 pm »

can you help me with an adjective to describe 'pretending things are fine when really they're not.'
Reply usually tinged with sweet innocence too.

Disingenous is the closest I can come.

It's usually the tone adopted by Government spokesmen in countering a report that
a) prisons are full
b) we've not got enough doctors
c) child & adolescent psychiatry is underfunded

Yeah, just to reprise this thread as HMG is suffering from a 3 month spell of piety
a friend points out. As he's a Methodist lay preacher, I offered him this sermon on me
that they represent the absolute opposite of contrition which might have earned them some few points lately.

(pace any Downing Street 'press conference' y'know the 5pm telly one where we're told everything's coming up rosy).

Re: What is that word ? (2)
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2020, 02:49:04 pm »
"Economical with the truth"
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