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Thursday, August 04, 2011

aesopian

\ee-SOH-pee-uhn\ , adjective;
1.
Conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like.
2.
Pertaining to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables.
Quotes:
It is often argued that Aesopian language has been used to communicate sensitive policy issues in the USSR.
-- William Thomas Lee, Richard Felix Staar, Soviet Military Policy Since World War II
Origin:
Aesopian gets this general sense from its original meaning as a reference to the inferential nature of Aesop's fables.
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