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Day 23: “A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t”

I’m slowly working my way through the list of books which I want to read, which are mainly classics! I have a few I would like to read, but one choice is “Animal Farm” by George Orwell. I keep hearing things about it but I’ve not got around to reading it yet, possibly because “Nineteen-Eighty-Four” took a while to get through and I suspect this will be the same!

About the Challenge:

30 Day Challenge – Books (via mylittlebookblog – click photo to visit blog)

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