Newspeak Glossary © 3021

Word Cloud

My WordCloud is a representation of what language might look like a thousand years from today. I used a free WordCloud generator here. I’m playing off of the newspeak idea originated from George Orwell in his novel, 1984.

The term “newspeak” was coined by George Orwell in his 1949 anti-utopian novel 1984. …in Orwell’s words, “designed to diminish the range of thought.” Newspeak was characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words, the substitution of one word for another, the interchangeability of parts of speech, and the creation of words for political purposes. (Mirriam -Webster)

Orwell’s concern is over (for good reason) the political, however, I want to emphasize why language is so much more than just political.….

Language is the precursor to all civil thought manifestation. We are not capable of a society without understood thoughts amongst ourselves. Language is the carrier pigeon to all thoughts. Your thoughts are no good-they die with you-if you can’t share them. Thought manifestation thus equates to reality. Realities naturally then become so through language. Language and literal reality are in very close relation. This very phenomenon lives through all ages. This will never die so long as humans can think and wish to share those thoughts.

Here we look at the reality of language changing, as it always has, but with a hyper-cyber take. It’s interesting to think about the evolution of language throughout time and language’s relationship with culture. New technology will fill new areas of reality and language will inevitably conjure itself to reflect those realities, and vice versa, all along the way language simultaneously shaping those new realities. Throughout time language, thought, and reality have shared this beautiful relationship and….amidst the doom that ever awaits…this love story will endure all of time. Until there is no one left to speak.

I hope this helps you start to think of some possible language evolutions to come!

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