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Day: August 17, 2016
Was Newspeak inspired by Esperanto?
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 […]