George Orwell quote about words from 1984 - It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well.
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It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well.
 George Orwell, 1984 (1949). copy citation

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Author George Orwell
Source 1984
Topic words waste diversity
Date 1949
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100021.txt

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“He bit hungrily into his bread and swallowed a couple of mouthfuls, then continued speaking, with a sort of pedant's passion. His thin dark face had become animated, his eyes hadlost their mocking expression and grown almost dreamy.
«It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. It isn't only the synonyms; there are also the antonyms. After all, what justification is there for a word which is simply the opposite of some other word? A word contains its opposite in itself. Take 'good', for instance.” source

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