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Friday, November 11, 2005

times 10.11.05 McClellan malquoted doubleplusungood rectify

Winston examined the four slips of paper which he had unrolled. Each contained a message of only one or two lines, in the abbreviated jargon -- not actually Newspeak, but consisting largely of Newspeak words -- which was used in the Ministry for internal purposes. They ran:

times 10.11.05 McClellan malquoted doubleplusungood rectify

times 17.3.84 bb speech malreported africa rectify

times 19.12.83 forecasts 3 yp 4th quarter 83 misprints verify current issue

times 14.2.84 miniplenty malquoted chocolate rectify

times 3.12.83 reporting bb dayorder doubleplusungood refs unpersons rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

With a faint feeling of satisfaction Winston laid the first message aside. It was an intricate and responsible job and had better be dealt with last. The other four were routine matters, though the second one would probably mean some tedious wading through lists of figures.

What was need was a simple change of the White House transcript and "That's accurate" could easily become "I don't think that's accurate." The trick would be propogating the change to the Federal News Service...

Fiction 1984

Reality The White House

Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place.


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