Ed Driscoll

"Newspeak Is Ingsoc And Ingsoc Is Newspeak"

From a story invented by a Mr. G. Orwell for his first generation analog blog about 60 years ago:

You think, I dare say, 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 down to the bone. The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.’

Over at VodkaPundit, a more high-tech Blog (though a fair amount of Victory Gin is available upon request, I hear), Will Collier notes that last Monday, “Thesaurus.com went down for a long stretch, and after it came back up, a remarkable number of words were gutted of synonym entries, and some were missing entries altogether.”

Update: And speaking of Orwellian, though on the other side of the aisle*, Allahpundit looks at Ron Paul’s fans to stop the world and get off: “How curious that their plan for the libertarian paradise calls for a quasi-communal organization via co-ops.”

*At least one presumes the Paulites aren’t on the other side of the aisle: these definitions begin to get a bit fluid out in the whichy thickets of American politics.