Sunday, May 31, 2015

Destroying Language Leads to the Destruction of Culture

You think, I daresay, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We’re destroying words— scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. We’re cutting the language right down to the bone. Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” — George Orwell,1984

1 comment:

  1. One "phrase" I hate is "Weekend Mass." There is an obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, but not on the "weekend."