George Orwell was wrong. In the end, it wouldn’t be an authoritarian tyranny that imposed double-speak to oppress the masses. Instead, the people themselves adopted the exaggerated sense of political-correctness that robbed their language of the words required to fully express unique and creative thoughts. The result, however, would be the same: a compliant, incurious and unremarkable population that ultimately ceased evolving and thus, condemned humanity to eventual oblivion.
The death of metaphor was signalled by public outrage over use of the word “lynched” in a newspaper headline. It became unacceptable to use metaphor in the English language. PC-speak requires that “lynching” be used only to refer to an actual execution by hanging of an actual Black-American person. Never as a metaphor for any other unjust condemnation without trial or consideration of facts.
Meaningless words such as “indigineity” and “denialist” were created to describe artificial divisions within humanity and to create new stigmata with which to stimulate disagreement. “Black Lives Matter” meant “All Lives can’t Matter.”
Other words were robbed of their literal meaning and redefined to preclude coherent, objective discussion. “Racism” no longer meant unjust discrimination based on race, could only be used to refer to oppression of non-whites by whites. “Anti-Zionism” was equated with “Anti-semitism.” One could no longer describe terrorism by radical Islamists as Radical Islamic Terrorism. People who ride bikes were no longer cyclists – they were people who rode bikes.
There were no longer males and females. One could be any gender one chooses, for as long as one chooses, whenever one chooses. At first, gender nomenclature became unwieldy and confusing, with dozens of new genders introduced, while “male” or “female” disappeared in favour of, at best, “cis-male” or “cis-female.” Later, however, the concept of gender was wiped from the language altogether, with “they” replacing “he,” “she,” and all the other pronouns, both singular and plural. Eventually, it became impossible to even describe how many people were in a room, as plurality merged with singularity and catering, amongst other things, became impossible.
In the end, people stood in a room and it was double plus bad.