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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Definitions for newspeak

  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) an official or semiofficial style of writing or saying one thing in the guise of its opposite, especially in order to serve a political or ideological cause while pretending to be objective, as in referring to “increased taxation” as “revenue enhancement.”

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Citations for newspeak
A fellow Guardian writer remarked on immigration minister Peter Dutton speaking on ABC Radio National this week, in which he described people in a Nauru camp as “transferees” (a name implying motion) for people indefinitely stuck in a camp. “It is Newspeak of the highest order,” he said. Brigid Delaney, "Orwell's nightmare vision of 1984 is always right here, right now," The Guardian, October 22, 2015
They may take up, in the official Newspeak, "the broadening of the sphere of commodity and money relations." In translation: moves toward a market economy. Edwin Diamond, "Lenin Meets Letterman: TV Under Glasnost," New York, April 3, 1989
Origin of newspeak
Newspeak was coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984, which was published in 1949.
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