Through wordsmith.org I subscribe to A Word a Day for daily emails with a new word each day with a theme. Examples are words that are eponyms or words that sound dirty but aren’t. A few weeks ago it was words from George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four(published in 1949), that have become part of our language. I recall reading his dark novel in high school and thinking how very far into the future the year 1984 was, why, I’d be an old woman of 40 years. Today we are 34 years beyond that doomed year, and I have become a crone. Below is a photo of my worn copy of the book; I think Daughter used it when it was required reading for a class.
Here are five of Orwell’s words featured and defined for that week:
NEWSPEAK: Deliberately ambiguous or euphemistic language used for propaganda.
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