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8th Mar '17 11:32:47 AM hszmv1
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* Almost any political topic that requires mention of the RuleOfCautiousInEditingJudgement will likely have a host of InsistentTerminology that one side will claim is more accurate than the term the opposing side claims is accurate. Attempting to list them here is likely to start edit wars.
17th Feb '17 12:02:58 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting, which bore the oddly appropriate name of "textspeak." Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condensed means of speech died with them both times, though it took several years for textspeak to die down out (but is still in heavy use due to sheer convenience).

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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting, which bore the oddly appropriate name of "textspeak." Before long, though, those Morse code telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to direct communication via telephones, and phone companies stopped charging text messages based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condensed means of speech died with them both times, though it took several years for textspeak causing normal, uncondensed language to die down out (but is still in heavy use due to sheer convenience).become the standard again.
17th Feb '17 11:40:53 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting, which bore the oddly appropriate name of "textspeak." Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condensed means of speech died with them both times, though it took several years for textspeak to die down out of sheer convenience.

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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting, which bore the oddly appropriate name of "textspeak." Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condensed means of speech died with them both times, though it took several years for textspeak to die down out of (but is still in heavy use due to sheer convenience.convenience).
17th Feb '17 11:40:22 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting. Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condense means of speech died with them both times.

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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting. texting, which bore the oddly appropriate name of "textspeak." Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condense condensed means of speech died with them both times.times, though it took several years for textspeak to die down out of sheer convenience.
17th Feb '17 11:38:40 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Messaging services that charge by the letter give way to a variant of this trope, due to people having to get creative with conveying their thoughts clearly using as short a statement as possible. This happened with telegrams in the past, and it happened again with its SpiritualSuccessor, texting. Before long, though, telegrams gave way to Morse code and then to telephones, and phone companies stopped charging based on message length and instead by quantity of messages, and this shortened, condense means of speech died with them both times.
16th Nov '16 1:03:51 PM MarkLungo
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The goal of Newspeak was essentially the reduction of vocabulary and destruction of words, especially synonyms and antonyms, and to render language instinctively euphemistic (if "good" already exists then "bad" will be abolished, instead replaced by "ungood"), so as to suppress any possibility of expressing rebellious thoughts against the party in the form of words. Based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English#Rules the rules of Basic English]] and the (now [[LanguageEqualsThought discredited]]) strong form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapir-Whorf_hypothesis Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis]] (the weak form is also controversial), it was intended to be a psychological and linguistic RestrainingBolt on the population of [[AirstripOne Oceania]]. Its construction is similar to {{Esperanto}} (Ungood/Malbona) and other compounding languages (such as German). Contraction conventions from historical totalitarian regimes were also incorporated, resulting in words like "Ingsoc" which are similar in construction to "Comintern", "Nazi" and "Gestapo". Acronyms are used extensively. The Party predicted (or propagandized) that Newspeak would completely supplant English by 2050. Every edition of the Newspeak Dictionary was ''smaller'' than its predecessor.

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The goal of Newspeak was essentially the reduction of vocabulary and destruction of words, especially synonyms and antonyms, and to render language instinctively euphemistic (if "good" already exists then "bad" will be abolished, instead replaced by "ungood"), so as to suppress any possibility of expressing rebellious thoughts against the party in the form of words. Based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_English#Rules the rules of Basic English]] and the (now [[LanguageEqualsThought discredited]]) strong form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapir-Whorf_hypothesis Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis]] (the weak form is also controversial), it was intended to be a psychological and linguistic RestrainingBolt on the population of [[AirstripOne Oceania]]. Its construction is similar to {{Esperanto}} [[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] (Ungood/Malbona) and other compounding languages (such as German). Contraction conventions from historical totalitarian regimes were also incorporated, resulting in words like "Ingsoc" which are similar in construction to "Comintern", "Nazi" and "Gestapo". Acronyms are used extensively. The Party predicted (or propagandized) that Newspeak would completely supplant English by 2050. Every edition of the Newspeak Dictionary was ''smaller'' than its predecessor.
30th Jul '16 7:51:25 AM StFan
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As noted above, many features of Newspeak are in fact similar to the features of real life compounding languages, including German and Russian, but also many Native American languages. This gave Newspeak a certain "[[BlackSpeech totalitarian flavor]]" at a time when both (East) Germany and Russia had totalitarian governments. This point may be lost today, if only due to the popularity of the phenomenon, the theory that there is a connection between language and social behavior being mostly discredited (after all, people can go through many different governments, totalitarian or not, without changing their language). Also, this makes Newspeak especially difficult to portray in a translation of Literature/NineteenEightyFour into a language that is already agglutinative. If the word for "bad" in your native language is already something like "ungood", translators will have a hard time coming up with a Newspeak version of it.

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As noted above, many features of Newspeak are in fact similar to the features of real life compounding languages, including German and Russian, but also many Native American languages. This gave Newspeak a certain "[[BlackSpeech totalitarian flavor]]" at a time when both (East) Germany and Russia had totalitarian governments. This point may be lost today, if only due to the popularity of the phenomenon, the theory that there is a connection between language and social behavior being mostly discredited (after all, people can go through many different governments, totalitarian or not, without changing their language). Also, this makes Newspeak especially difficult to portray in a translation of Literature/NineteenEightyFour ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' into a language that is already agglutinative. If the word for "bad" in your native language is already something like "ungood", translators will have a hard time coming up with a Newspeak version of it.



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* ''ThisPerfectDay'' has language changed to make words like "fight" and "hate" be considered horrible cusswords, in hopes that the concepts would become anathema, if not exactly unthinkable. After all, if you don't know what hate and violence are, you can't be happy that UNICOMP keeps you free from them, can you? On the other hand, some other words like "fuck" are considered perfectly normal.

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* ''ThisPerfectDay'' ''Literature/ThisPerfectDay'' has language changed to make words like "fight" and "hate" be considered horrible cusswords, in hopes that the concepts would become anathema, if not exactly unthinkable. After all, if you don't know what hate and violence are, you can't be happy that UNICOMP keeps you free from them, can you? On the other hand, some other words like "fuck" are considered perfectly normal.



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* [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary This very site]].

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* ''Wiki/TVTropes'': [[TVTropesWillRuinYourVocabulary This very site]].



** In particular, one of the goals of Newspeak was to replace colorful, evocative, varied expressions with boring, mechanical, precise ones. Many of the article title changes over the course of TVTropes' history are disturbingly close to this ideal.

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** In particular, one of the goals of Newspeak was to replace colorful, evocative, varied expressions with boring, mechanical, precise ones. Many of the article title changes over the course of TVTropes' TV Tropes' history are disturbingly close to this ideal.
1st Jul '16 11:09:30 PM nombretomado
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* Treespeak from ''{{Bionicle}}'' uses a similar sort of syntax, with most terms being of the "adjective-noun" or "noun-verbing" varieties ("leaf-running", "bald-land", etc). The most common variant is to tack "ever-" on the front of words, as a form of emphasis, eg, "ever-forgotten"= "completely forgotten". "Quick-" is also commonly attached to verbs, eg "quick-think".

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* Treespeak from ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' uses a similar sort of syntax, with most terms being of the "adjective-noun" or "noun-verbing" varieties ("leaf-running", "bald-land", etc). The most common variant is to tack "ever-" on the front of words, as a form of emphasis, eg, "ever-forgotten"= "completely forgotten". "Quick-" is also commonly attached to verbs, eg "quick-think".
18th Feb '16 5:21:49 PM Adept
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* In GeneWolfe's BookOfTheNewSun, the Ascians are indoctrinated to speak using only [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascian_language sentences from official propaganda]]

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* In GeneWolfe's BookOfTheNewSun, Creator/GeneWolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'', the Ascians are indoctrinated to speak using only [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascian_language sentences from official propaganda]]
20th Jan '16 10:13:44 AM spydre
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->[+'''Newspeak ''[[TropeCodifier thoughtmaked]]'' the following tropes:'''+]

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