Hoax language is text that is determined to be false, either for (1) practical joking, (2) disinformation, or (3) to propagate a cause. Sometimes, text is wrongly attributed to hoax language due to honest human errors, often created from reproducing classified material. For example: the dictation of a verbal testimony, copies and copies of copies (also called 2nd gen or 3rd gen), and segmented text (i.e. block-outs) that can result in context or meanings to be taken a different way than what was originally intended.
The two camps, each on opposite sides: the ufologist and the debunker, who each hold to ideologies that share only one thing in common: seeking the truth of the matter. But there’s a third variable: the hoaxer, “a monkey in the wrench”. Is the hoaxer a disinformation informant? Is the ufologist so desperate, they are willing to bend the information? Is the debunker as honest with them-self, as they attempt to be with everyone else? The following could be hoax language, disinformation language, or just honest mistaken language (either from assuming semantics, attempting to fix illegible data, or filling in missing parameters):
- "Mission Control"...this was never a phrase used by astronauts, who instead referred always to "Houston."
- Technical-sounding gibberish such as "field distortion," "orbit scanned," "625 to the fifth," "auto-relays," etc. were never found in real transcripts.
- "Repeat, repeat" is never used on the radio; instead, astronauts and Mission Control use the phrase "Say Again."
- "Three of us"...actually, only two men were on the lunar surface (Apollo 11).