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I came across this interesting term while reading one of my old university textbooks:

Doublespeak

“A blend of newspeak + doublethink from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four”

“What is doublespeak? In the view of the Committee Chair [of the Committee on Public Doublespeak], it is ‘language which pretends to communicate, but really doesn’t. It is language which makes the bad seem good, the negative seem positive, the unpleasant appear attractive, or at least tolerable. It is language which avoids or shifts responsibility, language which is at variance with its real or its purported meaning. It is language which conceals or prevents thought’ (W. Lutz, 1987)”

- Both quotes taken from the second edition of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language by David Crystal

“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

― George Orwell, 1984

“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face…; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…”

- George Orwell, “1984”