Memory hole

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In George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a memory hole was a system of pipes for conveying documents to a furnace to be destroyed. It was chiefly used to destroy old versions of newspapers to hide the fact that the government had rewritten history.[1] Thus, in modern parlance, a memory hole is any means for eliminating inconvenient historical records.

References

  1. The Principles of Newspeak
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