Ed Driscoll

Life On Airstrip One Imitates 1984

“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.'”

Update: More from Roger Kimball.