Now You See It, Now You Don’t

03 Nov

Classic Word of the Daypalimpsest – n. writing material on which older writing has been erased and newer text written over

Classical Usage:  Gladly, Orwell handed me some pretty heavy context clues on this word from Chapter IV of Book One.  All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary.  In as much as it nearly sums up all of Ingsoc, this seems to be the perfect word for 1984.

Classically Mad Usage:  Don’t we call these dry erase boards?

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in 1984


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