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Newspeak appears in George Orwell's 1984. It is a language, designed by the ruling regime Ingsoc to replace Oldspeak (English).

Its purpose is to suppress thought by severely curtailing both the conceptual vocabulary and permissible grammatical structures of Oldspeak. As Orwell describes in the Appendix: "....a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc should be literally unthinkable, at least insofar as thought is dependent on words." [1]

It is a terrifying notion, not least for its plausibility and the games we see played with words and meanings by those in power today.

See also


  1. p. 312, 1984 - George Orwell, Penguin, 1984