Mastering Doublethink

07 Nov

Classic Word of the Dayproletariat – n.  the lowest, working-class group in a society

Classical Usage:  The first time I stumbled across this word was Chapter IV of Book One.  It’s certainly possible that it appeared before this spot where we learn that the Ministry of Truth is responsible for supplying the “literature, music, drama, and entertainment” for the proletariats, and it’s even more possible that we encountered the term “proles.”  But Orwell’s term for 85% of the Oceania society didn’t click with me right away.  It’s almost as if I heard the word, and then instantly forgot it, and then forgot that I had anything to forget.

Classically Mad Usage:  There is no word to use.

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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in 1984


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