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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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* A reason you NeverSayDie in fiction.
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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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->[+'''Newspeak ''[[TropeCodifier thoughtmaked]]'' thinkmaked]]'' the following tropes:'''+]
15th Jan '16 1:48:47 PM Anddrix
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* ''Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}''. ''[[WeaselWords Some argue]]'' that this ''[[{{Fandom}} notable]]'' [[{{MMORPG}} free encyclopedia]] spawned enough of Newspeak to qualify as a separate dialect. More [[Website/{{Google}} research]] ([[ViewersAreMorons not to be confused]] with ''[[DumbIsGood Original Research]]'') is needed to [[AllBlueEntry tell]] whether [[CaptainObvious it is so]].

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* ''Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}''. ''[[WeaselWords Some argue]]'' that this ''[[{{Fandom}} notable]]'' [[{{MMORPG}} free encyclopedia]] spawned enough of Newspeak to qualify as a separate dialect. More [[Website/{{Google}} research]] ([[ViewersAreMorons not (not to be confused]] confused with ''[[DumbIsGood Original Research]]'') is needed to [[AllBlueEntry tell]] whether [[CaptainObvious it is so]].
11th Aug '15 6:06:15 AM justanid
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->[+'''See also:'''+]

+ [[TheIndexIsWatchingYou Conspiracy Tropes]]
+ [[YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex Dystopia Tropes]]
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+ [[TheIndexIsWatchingYou Conspiracy Tropes]]
+ [[YouWouldNotWantToLiveInDex Dystopia Tropes]]
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->[+'''Newspeak ''[[TropeCodifier thoughtmaked]]'' the following tropes:'''+]



* [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]]
* Literature/NineteenEightyFour

->[+'''Newspeak ''[[TropeCodifier thoughtmaked]]'' the following tropes:'''+]





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* Literature/NineteenEightyFour
* [[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]]
* PropagandaMachine
* PropagandaPiece

21st Jun '15 9:37:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' features a ski slope graded as "XXX Double-Plus-Ungood".

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* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' features a ski slope graded as "XXX Double-Plus-Ungood".
20th Apr '15 6:36:09 PM SciFan
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* Quite a bit of politically correct speech has this, with words being invented to remove "offensive" connotations. An example would be the changing of "man" to "person" in many words(salesman-salesperson, for example).
17th Mar '15 2:27:01 PM Arkadi
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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]]
29th Nov '14 1:16:12 PM Anddrix
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* The society in ''TheGiver'' enforced what it called "precision of language." Children are strongly reprimanded for using any kind of exaggeration or figurative language, because they lump it under "lying". (The example given is a child who says he is starving when he is only very hungry, because implying that the state would really let anyone starve is seen as extremely problematic.) They can still play pretend, though, so it doesn't hamper their thinking.
** Additionally, due to the Giver system, a great deal of the very concepts of the old world (stavation, war, etc) have been or are in the process of being completely scrubbed out of the collective consciousness this way almost passively. ReleasedToElsewhere is a prime example: it is a DeadlyEuphemism that nobody save the Giver even KNOWS is a euphemism because they have ceased to have virtually any concept of death. Which means that the authorities that order it and the doctors that perform it likely [[FridgeHorror probably don't realize the full ramifications of what they are doing.]] In short: [[UpToEleven NewSpeak so powerful and entrenched that even those that mandate it and enforce don't really recognize it for what it is.]] [[ParanoiaFuel Imagine the kind of psychological tampering THAT would require.]]

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* The society in ''TheGiver'' ''Literature/TheGiver'' enforced what it called "precision of language." Children are strongly reprimanded for using any kind of exaggeration or figurative language, because they lump it under "lying". (The example given is a child who says he is starving when he is only very hungry, because implying that the state would really let anyone starve is seen as extremely problematic.) They can still play pretend, though, so it doesn't hamper their thinking.
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thinking. Additionally, due to the Giver system, a great deal of the very concepts of the old world (stavation, war, etc) have been or are in the process of being completely scrubbed out of the collective consciousness this way almost passively. ReleasedToElsewhere is a prime example: it is a DeadlyEuphemism that nobody save the Giver even KNOWS is a euphemism because they have ceased to have virtually any concept of death. Which means that the authorities that order it and the doctors that perform it likely [[FridgeHorror probably don't realize the full ramifications of what they are doing.]] In short: [[UpToEleven NewSpeak so powerful and entrenched that even those that mandate it and enforce don't really recognize it for what it is.]] [[ParanoiaFuel Imagine the kind of psychological tampering THAT would require.]]
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