Groupe Lundi

 In parallel / in addition this language is based on the substitution of negative notions / ideas by more positive ones. Badness for example, is “covered” by the word “ungood”, in reality by the word “good”, so that in the end, nothing can be really bad in BB’s world. In fact, later in the book the reader discovers that the regime is based on three major slogans: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”; here again contraries become synonyms…

To what extent is our present world a bit of an Orwellian world?

First, if we take a look at what is called politically-correct language, the word “handicapped” is replaced with “disabled” which is exactly the same pattern as “ungood”. The negative is replaced by a positive opposite. The words are transformed in a supposedly less offensive way as if it was preferable to avoid controversy, and as if these words were dangerous for those using them. It is also a way to make everybody equal, it is positive because they can feel they belong but it also a form of standardization of society.

Groupe Mardi

Moreover, if we take the new version of the word “bad”, which is “ungood”, it is composed with the word good and a simple prefix, so that it has a positive meaning because “bad” has completely disappeared, vanished. Of course, it’s not a coincidence because if “bad” disappears, and if “good” takes its place, everything BB does is “good”, there is no possible criticism because the words that are left make criticism impossible. “Bad” becomes “good”. This language eliminates the difference between opposites, later in the book the reader discovers that the regime is based on three major slogans: “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength”; here again contraries become synonyms…

To what extent is our present world a bit of an Orwellian world?

First, if we take a look at what is called politically-correct language, the word “handicapped” is replaced with “disabled” which is exactly the same pattern as “ungood”. The negative is replaced by a positive opposite. The words are transformed in a supposedly less offensive way as if it was preferable to avoid controversy, and as if these words were dangerous for those using them. It is also a way to make everybody equal, it is positive because they can feel they belong but it also a form of standardization of society.