The Word “Societal”

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“In an appendix to his novel 1984 (published in 1949), George Orwell wrote, somewhat prophetically: ‘The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc [English Socialism], but to make all other modes of thought impossible.’ From fiction to reality, meet the word ‘societal.'” (09/07/21)