This week’s theme
Words from 1984 that are now a part of the language
This week’s words
George Orwell predicted it. It’s just that his numbers were a little off. Instead of 1984, it happened some 30 years later (perhaps Orwell didn’t have access to a computer fast enough to precisely account for the retrograde motion of Jupiter).
“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”
(US President, July 24, 2018)
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
(Orwell in 1984)
In this new reality, real news is fake, faux (also spelled as Fox) news is real.
As an homage to Orwell, this week we’ll feature five words he coined in the novel 1984 that are now a part of the English language.
What is “torture” in oldspeak becomes “interrogation”, or even better, “enhanced interrogation” in newspeak. While “waterboarding” itself is newspeak — no, it’s not a water sport — they go one step further and couch it as “enhanced interrogation”. As if in regular interrogation one is suffocated with regular water while waterboarding, but in enhanced they use nothing less than Evian.
Alain Supiot; A Labour Code for the 21st Century; Le Monde Diplomatique, English ed. (Paris, France); May 2018.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. -Alfred Hitchcock, film-maker (13 Aug 1899-1980)
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