For instance, you'll occasionally hear the following in actor-speak: "To prepare for this role, I went on a really strict training regimen. I worked out four hours a day -- lifting, running, boxing, and calisthenics. I cut down on my carbs, eliminated sugar, and ate lots of protein. That's what allowed me to put on 40 pounds of lean muscle in three months." That translates, of course, as "I took steroids."
Likewise, when you hear, in Wall Street-speak that a certain trader is "a financial wizard with an uncanny ability to sense when companies are about to be taken over," that usually means, "He's an insider trader."
"Junk science," "Discredited theories," "hate speech."
Translation: "Facts that don't fit with our narrative."
Translation: "One who acknowledges those facts."
Translation: "Anyone who's honest."
Translation: "I don't like hearing contradictory statistics."
Translation: "The common people have to cut back on their lifestyles while I fly around on a private jets and hobnob on yachts."
Translation: "The moral equivalent of a Holocaust denier!"
"We are a nation of immigrants."
Translation: "Immigrants are far more likely to vote Democratic, and we want those votes. Anyway, my top donors want the cheap labor."
"Equal pay for equal work."
Translation: "Equal pay for unequal work."
"They're waging a war on women."
Translation: "We're waging a war on them."
"The fringe right."
Translation: "The half of the country that elected Trump."
"We need more bipartisanship."
Translation: "The other side needs to see things our way."
Translation: "My imagination."
Translation: "Whenever the other side criticizes."
"Our diversity is our strength."
Translation: "Just go back to sleep."
"The right side of history."
Translation: "The Left side of history."
"That's not who we are."
Translation: "You really should try to be more like me, because I'm perfect."
"We should ignore the Constitution whenever doing so leads to equality of results rather than equality of opportunity."