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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
orwellian (or-WEL-ee-uhn) adjective
Of, relating to, or evocative of the works of George Orwell, especially the satirical novel 1984, which depicts a futuristic totalitarian state.
"Military satellites designed to guide nuclear missiles are being used
to monitor prison parolees and probationers in a technological advance
designed to reduce the nation's skyrocketing prison population. But
critics say it also raises the specter of an Orwellian future."
Today's AWAD word would perhaps have been Blairian had English author George Orwell (1903-1950) chosen to write as Eric Arthur Blair, his given name, instead of using a pen name. No matter, it would still be an eponym a word derived from a person's name. Although Orwell is best known for his satires "Animal Farm" and "1984", he wrote many compelling essays and articles. In one of his essays, 'Politics and the English Language', he translates this verse from Ecclesiastes to show how language can be, and often is, used not only to illuminate but also to obscure:
"I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."And here is how it might appear in contemporary English:
"Objective consideration of contemporary phenomena compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account."Now how would you want that memo, report, proposal, thesis, letter or email of yours to read?
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. -Carl W. Buechner