Euphemism In George Orwell's 1984

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British journalist Paul Johnson once said that ¨Euphemism is a human device to conceal the horrors of reality.¨ Euphemism is a type of language using ¨safe¨ words to substitute mild expressions that are considered harsh when talking about something unpleasant and is used very commonly in today 's society. For example, the idea of death has many euphemistic words used in the English language to replace the words ¨death¨ or ¨dying¨. When a representative from the military comes to a family and has to report to them that their loved one has ¨died¨ it 's considered a harsh and blunt statement. Instead of saying ¨Sir or Ma´am your son or daughter ¨died¨ they would use other terms such as ¨passed away¨, ¨is at peace¨, ¨departed¨, ¨went to a better place¨, ¨is not with us anymore¨ etc. In George Orwell 's novel 1984 the government 's highest class called the Inner Party uses multiple tactics and pressuring mechanisms such as using slogans/propaganda, persuasive surveillance and Newspeak to maintain social control. The Inner Party uses language as means of social control by using ¨doublethink¨ which is a major way the Party controls the Outer Party and Proles. They do not question the elimination of words from the vocabulary from their language, because of the use of ¨doublethink¨ through Newspeak the Party imposes on them. ¨All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the

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