Newspeak

I love talking about attempts to retool language to fit cynical ends. I will refer to Newspeak quite a bit on this site, I think, so I think everyone should bone up on what it is and what it means. Sometimes, it's an idea and not a literal thing that people are doing. Other times, it will literally be a thing they are attempting. It's also pretty amazing that George Orwell was so damn prescient in what he thought would happen in the world regarding the power of elected officials and the people who elect them.

If you'd like to contribute to a running list of terms that I will try to keep updated, please submit them in a text document here. The password is jerz.

The list:

  • Alternative facts - lies told by officials that are presented as fact when easily disproven.
  • Not a ban - A ban.