Day: August 17, 2016

Was Newspeak inspired by Esperanto?

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Yup. You could argue (as both the English and Esperanto Wikipedias do) that the main inspiration for Newspeak was Basic English, which Orwell had been a fan of before rejecting. The minimal vocabulary premiss of Basic English (revisited in xkcd: Up Goer Five) is something Orwell derides in Newspeak. But minimal vocabulary was also a […]