Chinese whispers

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Chinese whispers

n (functioning as singular)
1. (Games, other than specified) a game in which a message is passed on, in a whisper, by each of a number of people, so that the final version of the message is often radically changed from the original
2. any situation where information is passed on in turn by a number of people, often becoming distorted in the process
Translations
téléphone arabe
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3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Like a real-life game of telephone, the communication of sensitive data that combines personal information from tax systems and health insurance information is a potential security nightmare.
But the proteins involved in this process are created and destroyed rapidly--a fluid situation that, like a game of telephone, could distort the memory.
If the lines suggest bodies, they also depict a process, or the evidence of a process, that bridges a great distance between source and paint-ing--a series of steps, each of which changes the content of the source, like the game of telephone (hence the title of the exhibition).
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Think the dramatic equivalent of that child's game of telephone.
Multiples recalls a complicated and sophisticated version of the old children's game of telephone wherein a message would be passed along from mouth to ear to mouth until arriving in an almost unrecognizable and frequently hilarious form.
There was a shooting in the food court," kept being whispered through the crowd like a game of telephone.
Kaushik Basu argues that, similar to a game of telephone, Adam Smith's concept of an invisible hand to guide the market has been distorted by centuries of reinterpretation.
Like a child's game of telephone, these hierarchies create a communication chain in which information becomes increasingly distorted as it's passed along.
Though this game of telephone took place more than 30 years ago, it has always stood out in my mind how easy it is to get the facts wrong and how stories can get twisted and lead to unwanted panic.