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Importance of Language Newspeak It is the intention of the government to make it impossible to convey any nonconformist thoughts Hence Newspeak was designed for this very intention To narrow down what people can actually say and think the rules of language are being skewed from what we actually say right now Negative terms have been eliminated from the language In Newspeak bad and awful are altered to mean ungood or doubleplus ungood This language leaves no room for nuance or shades of meaning It also shortens terms in order to make the language as simple as possible as in Thought Police becoming thinkpol The influence of this language spreads out among the people to cull what they are actually thinking Since language is the expression of ones thoughts if the words you need to express your thoughts are no longer there then you will simply cease to have those thoughts For future generations of Oceania thoughts that the government didnt approve will no longer even be there because there will be no words to describe them The thing that comes to mind when thinking on American society of 2003 and the idea of Newspeak is the influence that the Internet has had on our very language With acronyms like LOL laugh out loud BRB be right back and ROFL rolling on floor laughing being used online to cut down on the time spent actually typing the younger generation are running away with it and actually using such acronyms in their everyday lives It is the younger generations that also take words that we understood to mean one thing to mean the opposite For example I remember how confused my parents were when the word bad actually meant good Another term used nowadays from the younger generations is the term whack which to them means not good The dictionary will tell you that whack means to hit someone and they even give a slang definition
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