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Deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the public. From George Orwell’s 1984, in which the size of vocabulary and ranges of meaning were so restricted that this in itself restricted the concepts and thoughts that a person was capable of formulating.

Orwell’s Ministry of Peace would envy the US military’s use of newspeak

I cannot imagine that anyone who has come under fire in combat would describe the sensation as friendly – no matter who is pulling the trigger. “Friendly fire” is the prime example of an institution’s attempt to sanitise language to the extent that we know what a phrase is trying to tell us, yet reflect […]

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Surrounded by newspeak

Roger Kimball writes: When I wrote about what Obama’s minions are calling our “kinetic military activity” in Libya, I noted that the folks presiding over Orwell’s Newspeak would have liked the phrase “kinetic military activity.” As a mendacious and evasive euphemism for “war” it is hard to beat. But Orwell is not the only important thinker […]

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