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Aesopian Language


Aesopian language is communications that convey an innocent meaning to outsiders but hold a concealed meaning to informed members of a conspiracy or underground movement. For instance, Person X is known for exposing secrets in an organization, so the organization leaders announce, "any members who have dirty talking habits will be dealt with", warning Person X. It refers to the ancient Greek fabulist Aesop.

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Google previewAnd Reality Be Damned... (2012)

Undoing America: What Media Didn't Tell You about the End of the Cold War and the Fall of Communism in Europe by Robert Buchar

But speaking an Aesopian language is an old communist way of communicating with people who will understand what you are saying—people from 145 And Reality Be Damned . . .

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Journalism (2009)

by Ross Eaman

Elsewhere, creative journalists used Aesopian language and code phrases to camouflage political criticism. Even in Nazi Germany, Arnold Mayer was able to engage in criticism of Hitler's I08 9 CENTRALINTELLIGENCEAGENCY foreign ...

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