arrange by systematic planning and united effort
Newspeak was the official language of Oceania and had been
devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism.
take the place or move into the position of
It was expected that Newspeak would have finally
superseded Oldspeak (or Standard English, as we should call it) by about the year 2050.
serving no useful purpose; having no excuse for being
The version in use in 1984, and embodied in the Ninth and Tenth Editions of the Newspeak dictionary, was a provisional one, and contained many
superfluous words and archaic formations which were due to be suppressed later.
decrease in size, extent, or range
Newspeak was designed not to extend but to
diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
Compare this verb with the noun "diminution" in the list for Part 2: Chapters 6-10--both show the Party's goal of decreasing language, thought, and liberty. Both example sentences have an objective tone, but one is supposed to have been written by a rebel (when it was actually written by Inner Party members), while the other is presented as a historical and explanatory description of a living language (when it was invented by Orwell just for his novel).
unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
ambiguities and shades of meaning had been purged out of them.
any pleasing and harmonious sounds
euphony outweighed every consideration other than exactitude of meaning.
a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred
The B vocabulary consisted of words which had been deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that is to say, which not only had in every case a political
implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them.
including all or everything
These words, necessarily few in number, had had their meanings extended until they contained within themselves whole batteries of words which, as they were sufficiently covered by a single
comprehensive term, could now be scrapped and forgotten.
form or compose
In somewhat the same way, the Party member knew what
constituted right conduct, and in exceedingly vague, generalized terms he knew what kinds of departure from it were possible.
uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
Other words, again, were
ambivalent, having the connotation “good” when applied to the Party and “bad” when applied to its enemies.
sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
The use of them encouraged a gabbling style of speech, at once staccato and
a small number or amount
Any scientific worker or technician could find all the words he needed in the list devoted to his own specialty, but he seldom had more than a
smattering of the words occurring in the other lists.
inimical to Ingsoc could only be entertained in a vague wordless form, and could only be named in very broad terms which lumped together and condemned whole groups of heresies without defining them in doing so.
a state in which all hope is lost or absent
George Orwell’s 1984 is the expression of a mood, and it is a warning. The mood it expresses is that of near
despair about the future of man, and the warning is that unless the course of history changes, men all over the world will lose their most human qualities, will become soulless automatons, and will not even be aware of it.
This and the following words and example sentences are from an Afterword written by Erich Fromm and published in 1961 (12 years after Orwell's 1984). The focus on despair and soullessness is a clue to Fromm's background in psychoanalysis. Its purpose of pointing out a warning for readers all over the world is a clue to Fromm's experience as a college professor.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
It is precisely the significance of Orwell’s book that it expresses the new mood of hopelessness which pervades our age before this mood has become
manifest and taken hold of the consciousness of people.
ideally perfect state
utopias express the mood of powerlessness and hopelessness of modern man just as the early
utopias expressed the mood of self- confidence and hope of post-medieval man.
having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand
Orwell’s picture is so
pertinent because it offers a telling argument against the popular idea that we can save freedom and democracy by continuing the arms race and finding a “stable” deterrent.
a hypothesis that is taken for granted
Orwell demonstrates the illusion of the
assumption that democracy can continue to exist in a world preparing for nuclear war, and he does so imaginatively and brilliantly.
the doctrine that practical consequences determine value
The position which Orwell attributes here to the power elite can be said to be an extreme form of philosophical idealism, but it is more to the point to recognize that the concept of truth and reality which exists in 1984 is an extreme form of
pragmatism in which truth becomes subordinated to the Party.
the quality of being coherent and easily understood
One can react to this picture in two ways: either by becoming more hopeless and resigned, or by feeling there is still time, and by responding with greater
clarity and greater courage.
capable of life or normal growth and development
If the world of 1984 is going to be the dominant form of life on this globe, it will mean a world of madmen, and hence not a
viable world (Orwell indicates this very subtly by pointing to the mad gleam in the Party leader’s eyes).
the revival of learning and culture
On the contrary, it was quite obviously their intention to sound a warning by showing where we are headed for unless we succeed in a
renaissance of the spirit of humanism and dignity which is at the very roots of Occidental culture.
separation resulting from hostility
Orwell, as well as the two other authors, is simply implying that the new form of managerial industrialism, in which man builds machines which act like men and develops men who act like machines, is conducive to an era of dehumanization and complete
alienation, in which men are transformed into things and become appendices to the process of production and consumption.
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
All three authors imply that this danger exists not only in communism of the Russian or Chinese versions, but that it is a danger
inherent in the modern mode of production and organization, and relatively independent of the various ideologies.
be face to face with
The hope can be realized only by recognizing, so 1984 teaches us, the danger with which all men are
confronted today, the danger of a society of automatons who will have lost every trace of individuality, of love, of critical thought, and yet who will not be aware of it because of “doublethink.”