John Cowan jcowan at
Mon Jun 2 12:24:32 CEST 2003

Peter_Constable at scripsit:

> > Although of great historical interest, and quite comic in its own way, I
> > don't believe that Marxist jargon deserves its own language tag.  But it
> > has a stronger claim than Newspeak.
> I agree.

I think the better argument against en-newspeak is that it should be
art-newspeak.  Look at the following attested passages and say if they are

1) Oldthinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc.

2) [a telegram:] Times 3.12.83 reporting B[ig]B[rother] dayorder
   doubleplusungood[,] ref[erence]s unpersons[;] rewrite fullwise upsub[mit]

3) Items one, five, seven approved fullwise.  Suggestion contained
   item six doubleplus ridiculous verging crimethink cancel.  Unproceed
   constructionwise antegetting plusfull estimates machinery overheads.

John Cowan        jcowan at
To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all.  There are
no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that
they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --The Hobbit

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