NYC Dept of Ed publishes its list of 50 ‘forbidden words’

posted at 11:00 am on March 31, 2012 by Howard Portnoy

At a time when third grade teachers are assigning math problems that deal with untouchable topics like cannibalism and slavery, what’s a chief school administrator to do? If the chief school administrator is New York City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, the logical answer is to (a) overreact, (b) bowdlerize standardized tests so they have been cleansed of “upsetting” words, (c) provide a perverse belly laugh to those who follow and report on the idiocy that has come to typify contemporary American education.

The answer, of course, is (d) all of the above. CBS New York has the story:

Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.

The word ‘dinosaur’ made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like…. ‘Halloween’ is targeted because it suggests paganism; a ‘birthday’ might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Is stupid one of the excluded words, or is it permissible for kids to learn about school?

Not everyone is on board with Walcott’s efforts to make “sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests.” Sy Fliegal, spokesman for a watchdog group called the Center for Educational Innovation, counters:

The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes … so what? You think our kids are going to be offended because they don’t have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say ‘I’m offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I don’t have a Mercedes!’

I would say it depends. Other factors that need to be evaluated is which model of Mercedes it is (are we talking about the small A-class cars or one of the big gas-guzzling sedans?), why the Petersons opted against buying a General Motors vehicle, especially considering that they own a $60 billion stake in the company), where the Petersons are headed on vacation (Las Vegas, as a case in point, is strictly verboten—unless the Petersons are little publicized members of the First Family), and which adult Peterson (assuming there is a Mr. and Mrs.) bought the car (Mrs. Peterson may not feel like a “first-class citizen” unless she is the bread winner in the family).

Here, in any case, is the complete list of words that Walcott believes should be banned. Enjoy.

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
  • Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
  • Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
  • Bodily functions
  • Cancer (and other diseases)
  • Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
  • Celebrities
  • Children dealing with serious issues
  • Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
  • Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or library setting)
  • Crime
  • Death and disease
  • Divorce
  • Evolution
  • Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes
  • Gambling involving money
  • Halloween
  • Homelessness
  • Homes with swimming pools
  • Hunting
  • Junk food
  • In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge
  • Loss of employment
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Occult topics (i.e. fortune-telling)
  • Parapsychology
  • Politics
  • Pornography
  • Poverty
  • Rap Music
  • Religion
  • Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan)
  • Rock-and-Roll music
  • Running away
  • Sex
  • Slavery
  • Terrorism
  • Television and video games (excessive use)
  • Traumatic material (including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters)
  • Vermin (rats and roaches)
  • Violence
  • War and bloodshed
  • Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Witchcraft, sorcery, etc.

Incidentally, I notice that one of the words on the list is pornography. The chancellor has offered no explanation for how schools will avoid including this term on standardized tests considering it is part of the middle school curriculum.

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George Carlin must be spinning in his grave…

Fallon on March 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

“Decertification”

Emperor Norton on March 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Soon it will be easier to list the words that are allowed…
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RalphyBoy on March 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Man oh man oh man! I am SO incredibly grateful that we are able to homeschool our children.

herm2416 on March 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

pornography

One of my favorite lines from a Nelson DeMille (sp?)book

What are we looking for?
Pornography.
Hunh?
I don’t know how to define it, but I’ll recognize it when I see it.

LtGenRob on March 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Kids need to learn to deal with unpleasantness. Protecting them from everything that may make them feel jealous, nervous, fearful, uncomfortable, etc. doesn’t do anything but make them totally unprepared for the real world in which they will feel all those things and more – and not realize they can survive feeling them and that they are normal. It is not wonder kids who have been sheltered from reality like this need to turn to drugs, alcohol, and other negative behaviors so often in order to deal with the reality of being exposed to these words and what they stand for and much more.

lukjuj on March 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I note “bodily functions” on the list. Precisely what do they excpect third grade boys to talk about if not farts and boogers? That’s like telling middle-aged women they can’t talk about shoes.

radjah shelduck on March 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

No stupidity left behind.

SlaveDog on March 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge?

Really setting the bar low.

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Homes with swimming pools

Why not just ban the word…Mitt Romney.

Divorce

And the word…Newt Gingrich

Pornography

And the word…Rick Santorum

Sex

And the word…Sandra Fluck

Electrongod on March 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Hey… they forgot ‘do do’ and ‘duty’… So, “you said duty” is still okay? Woohooo!…
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RalphyBoy on March 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I note “bodily functions” on the list. Precisely what do they excpect third grade boys to talk about if not farts and boogers? That’s like telling middle-aged women they can’t talk about shoes.

radjah shelduck on March 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Shoes area bodily function for middle-aged women?

You learn something new every day!
/

WhatNot on March 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Howard, funny shyte.
I wonder if we can have a test question that uses every word?

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Let’s see…

If NYC has 175,000 teachers and 30% of them are not permitted in classrooms due to specific court injunctions, and 60% are too incompetent to teach, how many teachers may NYC hire to replace them?

Answer: None.

They are all union members and cannot be fired.

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Rock-and-Roll music

WTF? Didn’t we already go through this in the late ’50s early ’60s?

Gambling involving money

So, Strip Poker’s okay as long as it doesn’t lead to sex or pornography?

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

How can you discuss sports if you have no prior knowledge of them?

Vermin (rats and roaches)
Violence
War and bloodshed
Weapons (guns, knives, etc.)

I guess that story of how my friends and I used to shoot rats at the town dump is out, huh?

Mitoch55 on March 31, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Paging George Orwell…

Rational Thought on March 31, 2012 at 11:22 AM

What topic is left that’s not too “upsetting” for the poor little dears? The weather? Couldn’t mention of that cause some children to feel racially attacked (“black clouds” and all that)? Perhaps we should just ban all words. That will make everyone feel better.

AZCoyote on March 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Funny, I didn’t see this one !?%#*&; on the list.

Bmore on March 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

An undercurrent in this horror show is the desire to prevent poor children from being reminded that they are poor.

Dextrous on March 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I am Jack’s disappointed liver.

mythicknight on March 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I always remember the Smother’s Brother’s snickering routine about the three letter word you just couldn’t ever say in school S E X
Now, we’ve after decades of choosing the slippery moral slope with our culture, the evil three letter word is G O D! And that could be from a present day poll of libertarian/fiscal conservatives as well.

Don L on March 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I notice “Thought Crime” wasn’t included.

ironbill on March 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Shoes area bodily function for middle-aged women?

You learn something new every day!
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WhatNot on March 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

They might be if they involve Dick Morris….

Don L on March 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Evolution

Yet Global Warming / Climate Change is nowhere to be seen.

Mitoch55 on March 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Howard, funny shyte.
I wonder if we can have a test question that uses every word?

Hmmmm… Care to get the ball rolling, OkieDoc?

Howard Portnoy on March 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge

LOLz

4Grace on March 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Three heavily tattooed Mara Salvatrucha’s each carrying a MAC-10 with three full 30-round magazines of .45 ball, and the rate of fire is 1145 rounds per minute, how long can they fire until they run out of rounds?

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Semprini !

ExUrbanKevin on March 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Glad that they paid someone to study all this, and put it together!
Was there a whole department? Vehicles supplied to vist different districts? An expense account?

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological

Whoa! There goes that “abortion” discussion….

Don L on March 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I see that the words “government” or dumbass bureaucrat are also missing from the list.

ghostwriter on March 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I notice that Occuppy Wall Street or being taken on field trips to teacher strikes wasn’t on the list.
They had homelessness and homes with swimming pools but no homosexual marriage because that is never offensive. Well at least not as offensive as a home with a swimming pool.

NeoKong on March 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Wow. Sheer stupidity. One of the first sentences I had to learn in my German language class translated to “Look at the new Mercedes.” I was in junior high. Guess that wouldn’t fly now, would it? I’d say an eyeroll should suffice, but these people are dangerous.

These fascist azzholes have to be stopped.

totherightofthem on March 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Heh. They didn’t include “communist” as a banned word? Won’t its use by the kids offend “liberals”? And what about “totalitarian”? Shouldn’t that word be banned as too self-congratulatory on the part of the school administration?

Scriptor on March 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Just another example of the idiots who are in charge of “education”. And how much are the taxpayers paying this twit?

GarandFan on March 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Would it not be kinder just to abort all children than expose their poor soles to the horror of home swimming pools, halloween and rock and roll music?

Wallythedog on March 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Liberalism is a mental disease.

GhoulAid on March 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

test

PappyD61 on March 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Rock and roll?

What about Classical? The 1812 Overture tells a pretty violent story, although saps like this probably just think of it as the song they play at the 4th of July fireworks display.

Of course, perhaps they avoid 4th of July fireworks displays, what with all it’s mean-spirited patriotism and all.

reaganaut on March 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I guess the post acceptor doesn’t like multiple links.

so here goes….

War on Salt?…..check.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/food_nanny_mike_to_ny_halt_the_salt_XpeycWZo3bLV2ODxFkv8VM

PappyD61 on March 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

anyway, I tried several times to post links to some of the things that are being targeted. I guess you’ll have Google the link yourself.

War on scissors and sharp pencils in schools?…..check.

http://fouryourconsideration.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/quebec-national-assembly-moves-to-ban-scissors-sharp-pencils-from-schools/

PappyD61 on March 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

We are just 100 banned words away from a perfect communist Utopia.

It will be a glorious future comrades, GLORIOUS!!

jukin3 on March 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Liberalism is a progressive mental disorder ending in insanity. It is happening all around us and will ultimately destroy civilization. Obama is wanting to take us where the EU has taken their countries and it is his blueprint for life as we know it.Obama never set foot on the maniland until he entered college. He does not have the basic understanding of the life he is destroying.

volsense on March 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

How is it ‘for the children’™ to unleash them in the world with absolutely no coping skills whatsoever?

Has anybody looked into the psychological abuse that these kids are undergoing?

ss396 on March 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Three heavily tattooed Mara Salvatrucha’s each carrying a MAC-10 with three full 30-round magazines of .45 ball, and the rate of fire is 1145 rounds per minute, how long can they fire until they run out of rounds?

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

“Math Word Problems We’d Like to See”

— Mad Magazine

PatriotGal2257 on March 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The country is hanging by a thread. I can’t get worked up over a list of words. I remember there was a kerfuffle several years ago here because a test question had the word snow in it. People complained that the test was culturally biased for children who had never experienced snow. It was stupid then, and it is stupid now.

Teach the basics in the early grades and leave the political nonsense alone.

jazzuscounty on March 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

“Dinosaur” is banned because some creationists might be offended? I thought that creationists had no problem with dinosaurs per se, but differed with evolutionary science by believing that dinosaurs and man lived during the same time period, before the Flood, instead of 65 million years apart.

Bigfoot on March 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Dare I ask how many are on the Hot Air list?

chimney sweep on March 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

George Carlin must be spinning in his grave…

Fallon on March 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Amazing that the list has

grown

since then.

Tzetzes on March 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A few questions for the NYC geniuses? Since words are used to describe something, what will the replacement words be to replace the old forbidden words? And how long will it take to have the same negative reactions to the new words once their associated with the act that was found unsettling?

DDay on March 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Formatting.

Oops.

Tzetzes on March 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Shocking that this isn’t coming from the same morons who gave the world Everyday Mathematics.

fusionaddict on March 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Since words are used to describe something, what will the replacement words be to replace the old forbidden words?

DDay on March 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Wait for the next edition of the Dictionary of Newspeak.

Tzetzes on March 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Wait a minute! Where are the put-down words and phrases like “moron,” “douchebag” (ok, that refers to a bodily function, possibly), “bird-brain,” “cheese-head,” “mouth-breather (bodily function again?),” “retard,” “half-wit,” and “sh!t for brains?”
.
Why aren’t those words and phrases on the list? Example:
The capitalist glorious community organizer decided that he/she/TG needed to hire engage employ acquire encourage 52 more workers associates comrades to man woman assist at soup kitchens hot food redistribution collectives. How can the glorious community organizer encourage funding from the troglodyte atavistic conservative blowhards in charge of administering city government? Be specific but don’t use statistics math numbers.

ExpressoBold on March 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

DDay on March 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Ya mean like the ubiquitous “Forget You!” used on TV in place of the offending “F … U?”

By the time this list is disseminated to all teachers and classrooms…probably have to draw up a new list of those pesky replacement terms as well. It’ll involve a lot of study and research, and probably a dozen or more researchers…

What’s another couple million spent to save the children….it all good, right?

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I thank God that I don’t have children that would be part of this. I feel sorry for parents who do.

If I were a teacher in these schools I would get in so much trouble as I believe the answer is not to avoid the words, but to explain and use them properly. Of course, I would also get into trouble as I would fight having to include all the traditionally private aspects of sex in my courses.

When will these administrators and their ilk learn that it’s not the word: it’s how it’s used?

Kevin K. on March 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Dare I ask how many are on the Hot Air list?

chimney sweep on March 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM

*snort*

ShainS on March 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Ya mean like the ubiquitous “Forget You!” used on TV in place of the offending “F … U?”

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Funny, wonder how C Lo is taking this one. It appears it has not caught on with him as of yet.

DDay on March 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Just to prove that thinking is no longer part of our Gubmint/Union schools, they missed ‘tuition voucher’

HammerNH on March 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

What’s even more disturbing are the “Related Articles” posted after the list of forbidden words.

*Middle school assignment: Find flaws in GOP candidates—but not president
*Trayvon Martin and the politics of racial identity
*Teacher fired for assigning 3rd-graders math problems about cannibals, aliens
*Time to ethnically cleanse English? Not a Chinaman’s chance
*School claims 7-year-old is racist for asking classmate about skin color
*School accuses 6-year-old of sexual assault during schoolyard game of tag
*Elementary school teacher arrested for tying up and feeding students his semen
*GA parents incensed over 3rd-grade math problems that reference slavery
*Obama’s car czar: ‘We never said taxpayers would get auto bailout money back’
*Police arrest school teacher who made students dress in bras and panties
*‘Inspirational’ adult admits to writing 3rd-grade ‘Occupy’ song
*VA school board defends 8-year-olds singing ‘Occupy’ lyrics
*NYC mandatory sex ed curriculum to include porn, bestiality
*NJ boy suspended from school because Muslim girl overheard him say “Taliban”
*Georgia middle schoolers learn ‘positives’ of Sharia law
*NY school to fight childhood obesity by spying on fat kids
*Developing: 2nd graders perform sex acts in class; teacher suspended

redridinghood on March 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Ah, political correctness! Saving America with institutionalized stupidity.

I think “banned” is a bit harsh; may I suggest, “that which shall not be spoken”. Further, “words” or “spoken” may be offensive (is that a sports term?) to mute children; how about just some gutteral sounds instead? Wait, on second thought that might offend deaf children – oops, there I go again, “children” might offend the ‘youth-challenged’ among school attendees – bah! “attendees” might be damaging to the self worth of those who are absent… This educating thing is HARD!

Regardless, we must re-educate our future comrades now! A mind is a terrible thing to waste…

/

ghostwalker1 on March 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Jehova, Jehova, Jehova!

pseudonominus on March 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Additional words for next year’s Ban Convention:

Responsibility
Independence
Unique
Individual
Free Market
Choice
Option
Thought
Freedom
Constitution
Supreme Court (only if ACA is struck down)
Achieve
Excel
Win
Reward
Ambition
Republican
Conservative

BobMbx on March 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Gee, they left out; Race Hustlers, Demographics, Two Parent Family, Peer Pressure and Stupid School Administrators.

nimrod on March 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Republican
Conservative

BobMbx on March 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Yup, that’s where my thoughts ran to, too.

John the Libertarian on March 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Oh, and how to, Read Signs.

nimrod on March 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

What an idiot! He forgot to include one of the worst words of ALL . . . “Taliban.”

Trochilus on March 31, 2012 at 1:06 PM

New Definition for INSANITY: New York City Department of Education

Lew in Colorado on March 31, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Howard Portnoy on March 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This is the best I could come up with on short notice—

Justin sat down a his new expensive laptop that he received as a birthday present (which was always on Halloween) and even though he wasn’t involved in witchcraft or parapsychology, he still liked to celebrate it, but he wasn’t a cultist or anything. He had to finish the school paper due Monday on the conflict between religion and evolution. His Dad had lost his job, but they weren’t homeless or poor or having to eat junk food and they still used the swimming pool in the backyard for when his celebrity aunt came to town at Christmas to place bets on the football games she knew nothing about. At least she liked rock-n-roll and eschewed rap music. God, how he’d like to nuke her little brat kid that always came with her, his cousin, for being such a fart. But even though the little sh!t smoked blunts and drank Old English, he never ran away after his dead Dad (who used to smack him around) was lost when a tornado hit his hunting camp right after he divorced his aunt. At least he didn’t die of cancer or get blown up in the war when he was hunting terrorists and other vermin. Justin had seen that sort of violence on TV, but more often in the video games like Left for Dead 2 and MW which his parents let him play as long as he stayed away from porn sites and sex cams. That was ok with him since he didn’t want to become a slave to them. Besides he wanted to study Criminology or Political Science.

Now, what was the question?

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

ban this

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DHChron on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

That’s very funny.

DHChron on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

That’s funny, too.

Howard Portnoy on March 31, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Modern day slavery.

Fall for it and be enslaved.

Pitchfork all the looters. They keep the stupid moochers in the modern day plantations.

If you don’t, you deserve your full demise, and that of your progeny.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Doesn’t sex education fall under bodily functions. Like all liberals the cognitive dissonance is great in them.

chemman on March 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

How come they didn’t add the word “Democrat”?

Pablo Snooze on March 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Thanks for joining. I am tired of the libs being given the benefit of the doubt regarding their motives. They slavers, one and all, and should be called out on it every opportunity we get.

chemman on March 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Perfect!

katy the mean old lady on March 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Now, what was the question?

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

How does that make you feel?

chemman on March 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

well Howard

as I predicted, you got out of the Green Room with this one (I KNOW all)…

I’ll be back soon with my test question (that is a very interesting challenge).

teejk on March 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Birthday?

But not Abortion?

Dexter_Alarius on March 31, 2012 at 1:52 PM

They can use this as a guide.

Oldnuke on March 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Whew. At least condom is safe.

MassVictim on March 31, 2012 at 2:01 PM

well Howard

as I predicted, you got out of the Green Room with this one (I KNOW all)…

teejk: So you did! I’m impressed!

Howard Portnoy on March 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

LOL. What a great piece of writing!

PatriotGal2257 on March 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Thank goodness “F_ckin’ idiots” is still on the table…

Dopenstrange on March 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

How come they didn’t add the word “Democrat”?

Pablo Snooze on March 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

They did; fifth from the bottom or sixth from the top.

Dopenstrange on March 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of IngSoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.

To give a single example – The word free still existed in Newspeak, but could only be used in such statements as “The dog is free from lice” or “This field is free from weeds.” It could not be used in its old sense of “politically free” or “intellectually free,” since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed even as concepts, and were therefore of necessity nameless. Quite apart from the suppression of definitely heretical words, reduction of vocabulary was regarded as an end in itself, and no word that could be dispenses with was allowed to survive. Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.

Bulletchaser on March 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

“In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it . . . The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking-not needing to think.”

Parsons on March 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

NEWSSPEAK

at its best.

unseen on March 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Maybe we could all just whistle, grunt and point. Oh, but then we’d be a typical Democrat voter.

jan3 on March 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Maybe we could all just whistle, grunt and point. Oh, but then we’d be a typical Democrat voter.

jan3 on March 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Can’t do that without the official Tshirt ($25 plus S/H on Obama.com).

teejk on March 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Hmmm I don’t see crazy on the list. /

CW on March 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Oldnuke on March 31, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Thanks! I read about half and bookmarked it for later.
Oh, and thanks katie and patgal for the compliment.

OkieDoc on March 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Three heavily tattooed Mara Salvatrucha’s each carrying a MAC-10 with three full 30-round magazines of .45 ball, and the rate of fire is 1145 rounds per minute, how long can they fire until they run out of rounds?

coldwarrior on March 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

At a bit over 19 rounds per second each, about 4.7 seconds total firing time apiece.

One reason I never liked the MAC-10 in .45 or 9mm was that g_dawful ROF, that made it run dry in an eyeblink. And even with the Sionics (TM) suppressor on the front end as a forearm, it was nearly impossible to hold on target due to climb. Give me an M1928 Thompson, an M3A1, or even an MP-40 any day.

cheers

eon

eon on March 31, 2012 at 3:49 PM

But don’t they have to first discuss the list to then unlist the list? That’s a class I wanna see!

Sherman1864 on March 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Is it the cannibals ate the slaves or the slaves enslaved the cannibals?

Sherman1864 on March 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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