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NEWSPEAK
WORDS AND DEFINITIONS

 
CITIZEN!
 
The minifo has provided this glorious newspeak!
 
For those in need of understanding the newthink of newspeak, here is your goodthink!
 
 

Newspeak Words and Definitions

 Ante~

A prefix used meaning "pre~" or "before"(ex: antefiling, which means 'before filing').


BB

Big Brother, leader of Oceania and the Champions of Oceania.

Similar to America's "Uncle Sam", except this individual is the leader of Oceania and is  answerable to no one.

He is currently talked and revered about on screens throughout Oceania. He mentions that Oceania's forces are taking actions against 'The West' on the "Western Front", leading Oceania's troops in glory and victory, to conquering the evil western hordes day in and day out.


Bellyfeel

The word means a blind, enthusiastic acceptance of an idea.


Blackwhite

Refers only to that caused by fear, indoctrination, or repression of one's individual critical thinking ("to know black is white"), rather than caused by laziness or gullibility.


Crimestop

To rid oneself of unwanted thoughts, i.e., thoughts that interfere with the ideology of Oceania. This way, a person avoids committing thoughtcrime.


Crimethink

Thoughts that are unorthodox, or are outside the official Oceania platform.


Dayorder

Order of the day


Doubleplus~

A Prefix used to create the superlative form of an adjective or adverb. (i.e. - pluscold and doublepluscold meant, respectively, 'very cold' and 'superlatively cold'


Doublethink

The act of simultaneously accepting as correct two mutually contradictory beliefs, often in distinct social contexts.

It is related to, but distinct from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Its opposite is cognitive dissonance, where the two beliefs cause conflict in one's mind.

Doublethink is an integral concept of George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and the word doublethink is part of Newspeak.


Duckspeak

A Newspeak term meaning literally to quack like a duck or to speak without thinking. Duckspeak can be either good or "ungood" (bad), depending on who is speaking, and whether what they are saying is in following with the ideals of Big Brother. To speak rubbish and lies may be ungood, but to speak rubbish and lies for the good of INGSOC may be good.


Equal

Only in the sense of physically equal, like equal height/size, etc. It does not mean politically equal, since there is no such concept in Oceania.


Facecrime

An indication that a person is guilty of thoughtcrime based on their facial expression.


Free

Meaning negative freedom (without) in a physical sense, only in statements like "This dog is free from lice", as the concepts of "political freedom" and "intellectual freedom" do not exist in Newspeak.


Goodsex

Any form of sex considered acceptable by Oceania; specifically, that which refers only to mated heterosexual sex for the exclusive purpose of providing new children for Oceania.


Goodthink

That which is approved by Oceania and Big Brother.  Opposite of crimethink.  Vaguely translatable to orthodox thought.


Groupthink

A type of thought within a deeply cohesive in-group whose members try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. It is a second potential negative consequence of group cohesion.


INGSOC

English Socialism


Issue

Children produced by goodsex


Joycamp

One of two types of camps in Oceania: one is a forced labor camp  for those that cannot or will not perform Goodthink (located on the southernmost island of Winston's Folly); the other camp is located in the Behavioral Adjustment and Repair Facility (BARF) on Oceania's Winston's Folly Island, where those that are capable of goodthink will be taken to be re-educated in their respective Room 101s.


Malquoted

Flaws or inaccurate presentations of Oceania or Big Brother-related matters by the press. 


Memory Laze

A system of lasers used to destroy documents. A document stuffed in the memory laze would be conveniently disintegrated - quickly & easily wiped from history.


Minluv

Ministry of Love (secret police, interrogation and torture)


Minifo

Ministry of Information (propaganda and altering history).


Minipax

"Ministry of Peace" (Ministry of War).  This is the operation responsible for administering production of OSUs and cloned military troops.


Miniplenty

"Ministry of Plenty" (keeping the population in a state of constant economic hardship).


Misprints

Errors or mispredictions which need to be rectified in order to prove that Big Brother is always right. 


Newspeak

The official language of Oceania. Newspeak is "politically correct" speech taken to its maximum extent.

Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing "unorthodox" political ideas have been removed. In addition, there was an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, to limit the range of ideas that could be expressed.


Oldthink

Ideas inspired by events or memories of times prior to Oceania.


Ownlife

Refers to the tendency to enjoy being solitary, which is considered subversive.


Physical Jerks

Morning Exercises.

Participation is mandatory for all outer party members, and 'recommended' for Proletarians and below.

These exercises take place every day 3 minutes after the morning wake-up call, which for office workers is at 7:15 am.


Plus~

A prefix used in the sense of very, i.e., to give an adjective or an adverb a stronger meaning (e.g. plusgood means "very good").


Prole

Proletarians.


Prolefeed

The steady stream of mindless entertainment to distract and occupy the masses.


RecDep

"Records Department" (division of the Ministry of Information that deals with the rectification of records).


Rectify

Used by the Ministry of Information as a euphemism for the deliberate alteration of the past.


Room 101

The final punishment for thoughtcriminals in Oceania, conducted at the BARF on Winston's Folly Island.

"The thing is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world....The worst thing in the world varies from individual to individual. It may be burial alive, or death by fire, or by drowning, or by impalement, or fifty other deaths..... "


Sexcrime

Having sex for enjoyment without permission. This is considered a crime in Oceania.

Also, even having sex in the hope to create a family of your own.

The only time that sex is considered goodsex is when it is performed in producing offspring for Oceania.


Thinkpol

The Thought Police 


Two Minute Purge

Daily screen specials in which various elements of crimethink were packaged into a parade of horrible images and sounds, at which, the viewers were expected to boo, hiss, curse. and release any negative emotions upon.

An example of a Two Minute Purge can be seem from the opening credits of the movie, 1984, click here


Un~

Prefix in front of words, meaning 'Bad'.

 One of the rules of newspeak is that any word can be turned into its antonym by adding the prefix "un-". This allowed the removal of repetitive words such as horrible, terrible, great, fantastic, and fabulous from the language  (i.e., Ungood means "Not good").


Unperson

A person who has been "vapolazed"; who has been not only killed by the state, but effectively erased from existence. Such a person would be written out of existing books, photographs, and articles so that no trace of their existence could be found in the historical record.


Upsub

Submit to higher authority. 


Vapolazed

The act of being executed by Oceania, and having all records of your existence erased.  


Youth League of Oceania (YLO)

Mandatory children's group under control of the Thought Police. Similar to the "Hitler Youth". Their member's primary task is to monitor the activities of adults.


YP

Year Plan