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2 definitions by portend

 
1.
The use of code words in political campaigning or speechmaking. Coded language appears to mean one thing to the general population but has a different or more specific meaning for a targeted subgroup of the audience.
“We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity," Sarah Palin.
Dog Whistle Politics translation to racists: White people are safe and those elitists who have Muslim names and work in cities, aka Obama, are dangerous.
by portend October 25, 2008
 
2.
America's current state of the economy is badder than a recession but not quite as bad as The Great Depression.
LAST I CHECKED, A RECESSION DOESN’T INCLUDE BANKS AND GM GOING BANKRUPT, SO I CONSIDER THIS MORE OF A dep-cession.
by portend March 06, 2009