Semantically Obtuse but Performatively Correct

“To be ‘Orwellian’ is to speak with absolute clarity, to be succinct, to explain what the event is, to talk about what triggers something happening…and to do so without any pejorative whatsoever.”

Frank Luntz on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross 1-9-07

Many have excoriated Dr. Luntz for the comment above. Yes, Dr. Luntz mangles the definition of “Orwellian.” Yes, he does so in a manner too stupid to be specious. But he demonstrates Orwellian euphemism in the midst of attempting to define it away.


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