Misappropriating the Word ‘Orwellian’


What ‘Orwellian’ has become, primarily, is a weapon. It dresses up ‘You’re a liar!’ in intellectual clothes that make the liar sound like a fascist.” —Mark Peters on the misuse of the author’s name, which has evolved into a “synonym for the totalitarian doublethink [Orwell] attacked in 1984.” Peters’s prescription for what can be done to restore its original meaning? “Zip, nada, and diddly.” [Good]