In his famous essay “On Language”, George Orwell wrote, “Sloppy language leads to sloppy thinking”. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the Left Wing has managed to accomplish in the last fifty years, namely, to make language sloppy so that they can distort it.
Category One – Sexual:
Their outstanding success has been the substitution of the word “gay” for the word homosexual. Indeed, there have always been at least a dozen words in English that meant homosexual, some proper English words, and some slang. Yet, suddenly about thirty-five years ago, without any law being passed, or vote being taken, everyone was obliged to use the word “gay”. How did the Left manage to persuade everybody in the Anglo-Saxon world to use this ridiculous euphemism? The French don’t say “gai”. They continue to use “pédé” (short for “pédérast”).
Furthermore, the penalty for not using the word “gay”, is being called the new word “homophobe”. “Homophobe” was invented in 1963 by George Weinberg, a homosexual, but was not used until it appeared in the American pornographic magazine SCREW in 1972. After that, it was used more and more by the homosexual lobby. It has no clear meaning – it is used only to smear anyone, who does not approve of homosexuality. How were people persuaded to use it? Clearly this has happened through the media, who are not only very Left Wing, but also ruthless. The result is that freedom of speech disappears, except for those brave enough to speak.
Category Two – “Ist” Words
The “ist” words are those words that end in “ist” – like “racist”, “sexist” etc. They have no precise meaning and therefore can be used in any way that suits the Left. What does “sexist” actually mean? No one knows, but it can be used to attack and smear any opponent.
Category Three – Euphemisms:
We are in an era of promiscuity, and yet people are reluctant to use the proper words, and use euphemisms. A girl does not say ‘my lover’ any more – she says “my boyfriend”, even if he is 70 years old. Yet the correct definition of the word “lover” is “someone who loves you”. What is wrong with that? Similarly, the word ‘mistress’ — according to the Dictionary — means any woman who has a sexual relationship outside marriage. But it is a romantic word, and occurs everywhere in English poetry. Indeed, the word “mistress” is short for “mistress of my heart”. Why are women afraid to say it?
Indeed, even ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ are out of fashion. People call each other ‘partners’. What is the point of that? To try and deny that there is a sexual relationship? Then there are “single mothers”. Again, they are not given their correct title of “unwed mothers”, in order to try and confuse them with divorced mothers and widows. There are more than 700,000 unwed mothers in this country, all of them receiving money from the government. Why? Many of them are teenagers, but whatever their age, no one forced them to get pregnant in this era of contraception. And why should anybody be responsible for them? Even worse, they are all breaking the law, because they receive benefits as “single mothers”, but all of them have lovers who live with them, and who disappear on the day the social worker comes to visit. They are cheating the government out of about £3 billion.
Then there is the new title ‘Ms’. For thousands of years women were called ‘Miss’ or ‘Mrs’ to announce that they were either unmarried (Miss) and under the protection of their fathers, or married (Mrs) and under the protection of their husbands. Now, Feminists do not want to be in either category, so they have invented ‘Ms’. Again this has been imposed on the general public without exception. With what right? Finally, there is the word ‘misogynist’. This is a proper English word, and, of course, comes from the Greek. Those of us who speak Greek, know exactly what it means, which is “someone who hates women”. But there are very few men in the world who actully hate women. Most men love women; some do not have strong feelings, but very few men HATE women. Yet Feminists have tried to change the meaning of the word, by using it wrongly, and pretending that it means anyone who does not agree with Feminism. Outrageous really, and yet one does not hear objections.
Category Four – Political:
The most crucial inaccurate use of a word at the moment is the word ‘inflation’. For generations, inflation meant how much money was being created by the government, whether by printing or by debt. At some point the government decided that it did not like people knowing how much money it was creating, and it made up a new definition of inflation, namely the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Now it is true that when there is inflation, the CPI usually goes up, but not necessarily, and not to the same degree. Furthermore, the government decides which items go into the CPI, and changes these items regularly to suit themselves. At one time, neither food nor energy was included in the CPI, although I believe that recently it has again been changed. The result is that today we are told there is no inflation because the CPI is not going up, and yet we have QE which means the government is creating money like crazy. This is a complete fraud, and leads to a series of disastrous decisions by the government, and the Central Banks.
There has been a tendency for some years to identify parties not as Left Wing, or Right Wing, but as Centre-Left and Centre-Right. In other words, no one is allowed to move too far from the consensus, and any differences between the parties are mainly in the details, not the principles. But the real issue in politics today is whether one is Socialist (or a Socialist sympathiser), and believes that the government should control all areas of human behaviour, or whether one chooses freedom, which means a Right Wing party. Yet this issue is never mentioned any more.
Another confusing word is “tax”. Now, taxes have existed since the beginning of government, because it is impossible to run a government without some income. But whenever one hears the word ‘tax’ today, people are usually referring to Income Tax. Now, Income Tax is quite different from previous taxes. It is quite simply appropriation, about which the taxpayers can do nothing. It is only about a century old in mainland Europe and a little bit older in England. When people grumble or complain about taxes today, they are invariably referring to Income Tax. Income Tax has no rational basis, it simply a desire by government today to raise more money, in order to obtain votes by handing out this money. Indeed, when the U.S. Government passed an Income Tax law in 1913, they had to first amend the U.S. Constitution because Income Tax was prohibited by the Constitution.
Another word from the Left is the word “generalisation”. Generalisation simply means the conclusions that one draws from one’s experience in life. All intelligent people have conclusions. But the Left does not like that word, because they do not like conclusions from life, which are always against them. So they try to pretend that there is something wrong with “generalisations”. But on the contrary, rational thought cannot exist without conclusions from experience.
Category Five – Love:
Not surprisingly, there is a lot of confusion about the word “love” in English, because there is only one English word, ‘love’, to mean several different feelings. The two feelings that come up most often are strong affection, and sexual passion. When people use the word “love” they are often confusing these two things, and mixing them up. What most people do not grasp is that sexual passion, although it may be wonderful, is not going to last, and, therefore, it is not a good basis for marriage. On the other hand, deep affection can last forever, and that is a better basis for marriage. The result is that most people are under the impression that as soon as sexual passion goes, they are free to leave their wife or husband. They think that marriage is based on sex.
But marriage should be based on something else – on deep attachment. Marriage is simply a promise – a promise to stay with another person, and look after them for life. When one gets married, no one promises that one will be happy, or that one only has to stay as long as one is happy. Happiness does not come into it. Otherwise, marriages will disintegrate, which is what is happening now. For the first time in recorded history, the number of married people in this country has fallen below 50%. Of course, there can be serious reasons for divorce which have to be taken into account – like drug abuse, homosexuality, alcoholism, violence, lunacy etc, but wanting to go to bed with somebody has never been a reason for divorce. Marriage is about staying together.