You Keep Using That Word

Experts. The media keep trying to bolster patently false claims by prefacing them with the phrase “Experts say …”

For example, CNN cites “experts” as saying that crime has been “overstated” as the reason retailers are closing stores in blue cities.

expert noun /ˈek.spɝːt/ a person with a high level of knowledge or skill relating to a particular subject or activity.

It seems that the particular activity in which such experts have a high level of skill is twisting facts to fit The Narrative. There doesn’t seem to be much difference between the goals of Newsspeak and Newspeak.

It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn’t only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take “good”, for instance. If you have a word like “good”, what need is there for a word like “bad”? “Ungood” will do just as well–better, because it’s an exact opposite, which the other is not. Or again, if you want a stronger version of “good”, what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like “excellent” and “splendid” and all the rest of them? “Plusgood” covers the meaning, or “doubleplusgood” if you want something stronger still. Of course we use those forms already. but in the final version of Newspeak there’ll be nothing else. In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words—in reality, only one word. Don’t you see the beauty of that, Winston?

Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.

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  1. Would the journalist please point out the expert(s) saying this, and when and where they said it, and the circumstances surrounding the statement?

    Another lazy tactic used by lazy journalists is to quote other journalists, then claim the quote is a commonly-accepted fact. (“Lazy” meaning intentionally dishonest.)

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