The Left has a habit of redefining the meaning of words for political purposes. It appears that they have adopted the techniques described by Orwell, but I’m sure they were in existence long before that, and that it was art (the novel) that was imitating life.
crimestop: “The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short….protective stupidity.”
crimethink: To even consider any thought not in line with the principles of Ingsoc. Doubting any of the principles of Ingsoc. All crimes begin with a thought. If you control thought, you can control crime.
doublethink: reality control. The power to hold two completely contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accept both of them.
Ingsoc: English Socialism
It is Orwellian when totalitarians redefine words and phrases. And they are aided with their activities by the Media.
Many persons are understandably confused.
Prevalent leftist word tricks that create cultural stress and actually reduce our ability to have a useful conversation:
Terms for a person not in the USA with legal permission, the correct term being illegal alien, changed to illegal immigrant then to undocumented immigrant, then to immigrant and finally to just migrant. Joaquin Castro and Ilhan Omar cosponsored a bill in Congress last month that would prevent Federal agencies from using the term “illegal alien”.
The terms Hispanic or Latino have become unclear, redefined as those who are members of a racial minority, rather than language-based (Spanish-speaking) or location-based (Latin America). The fact that many lumped into this group are actually Caucasian is ignored.
Person of color. As far as I can tell, this can mean Black, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and, lately (according to Tlaib), Palestinian/Arab. Seems to refer to the color of the skin rather than actual race. My father, of German ethnic origin, had swarthy skin and very dark eyes; I guess he could have been a person of color by this definition.
Sex. Used to mean either male or female, man or woman, based on the actual biological and genetic makeup of the individual. Not sure exactly what the definition is lately, but it appears to be disconnected from the actual facts of biology.
Gender. Used to be masculine or feminine. Again, not sure what the definition is lately, but seems to be connected to sexual identity.
Sexuality. Used to be heterosexual or homosexual. Now we have the alphabet soup LGBTQIA – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex, and asexual (or allies). Note that heterosexual (or straight) is assumed while everyone else gets a letter.
Gender Pronouns. He, she and they used to be the choices when referring to humans. Now we have genderless pronouns such as sie and zirs.
Gay. A word that used to mean happy and carefree, lively or merry, redefined to mean homosexual. The original meaning has been practically obliterated.
Climate change. A term that replaced “global warming” when it was not clear that was what was happening. Used to describe all weather events.
Microaggression. A perceived slight so small (micro means 1 millionth) that only the beholder can perceive it but provides a great on-demand cudgel. The perceivers must be members of a “marginalized group”. Even unintentional slights are condemned.
Rape culture. The stereotype that all men are just waiting to rape women and that this is a feature of our culture.
Muslim ban. Banning any person of certain countries from entering the USA redefined to mean that the ban is because of religion rather than the risk of terrorism.
White privilege. A racist stereotype that says that all whites have a form of privilege regardless of their background just because of their skin color.
Racist. Used to mean someone who hated or discriminated against other people solely based upon their race. Now it seems to mean anybody that the person using the label doesn’t agree with.
Cultural appropriation. Adoption of food, dress, hairstyles, music or other typical icons of an ethnic group by a person who does not belong to that group, which is considered a bad thing. Usually only white people are accused of this bad thing. Does not apply to Beyonce or other “women of color” who dye their hair blonde.
Fascist/Nazi. Someone I disagree with.
Terms that most people do not actually understand but are used constantly in progressive circles (and can change meaning on a dime) such as cisgender, intersectionality, standpoint epistemology, resisting oppression, gaslighting.
Push back against political correctness. Use language as it is mean to be used. Correct those who use language incorrectly. It’s important.