Mark Crispin mrc at CAC.Washington.EDU
Mon Jun 2 09:44:48 CEST 2003

On Mon, 2 Jun 2003, Thor Kottelin wrote:
> > "Normans, you are doubleplus ungood.  You have committed many acts of
> > thinkcrime and sexcrime.  You are obviously unsane, but I will heal you.
> > First of all, how did you become a thinkcriminal?  There are no oldthinkers,
> > where do you get your thinks so speedwise?"
> > This language is English.
> I don't think any of my English teachers would have accepted that passage as
> English unless I would somehow - implicitly or explicitly - have "tagged" it
> as Newspeak.

It is not Newspeak; or at least it is not the language described by
Orwell.  The grammar and most of the words are Oldspeak; that is, English.

Put another way, it is English with some words from Newspeak.

-- Mark --
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