July 21, 2005

"Doublespeak."

That scratchpaper in the previous post contains the word "doublespeak," which a caller used in a question. Could everybody please reread "1984" and get the terminology straight?

There's no "doublespeak" in the Big Brother regime. There's "newspeak" and "doublethink." Here's a searchable text of "1984" to help you.

It matters! It means something! Don't muddle Orwell with the ordinary term "doubletalk."

3 comments:

Parker said...

And you, Ann, are a doubleplusgood duckspeaker!

David said...

Come on Ann, tell us what you REALLY think.

somross said...

Groupthink doesn't come from Orwell either, apparently. (I did the search.) It comes from a 1972 book by Irving Janis called "Victims of Groupthink," about groups that reinforce their shared opinions and make bad decisions. I haven't read the book but I assume Janis modeled the word groupthink on doublethink.