Wednesday 22 November 2017

'Double-speak' is not Orwellian

KEVIN Myers refers to "classically Orwellian double-speak", but there is no such thing.

Two terms from Orwell's novel '1984' are relevant: Newspeak (the language of Oceania ) and double think ("To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them").

However, 'doublespeak', a conflation of these two terms, dates from after Orwell's death in 1950.

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