newspeak

Definition of newspeak

The term “newspeak” was coined by George Orwell in his 1949 anti-utopian novel 1984. In Orwell’s fictional totalitarian state, Newspeak was a language favored by the minions of Big Brother and, in Orwell’s words, “designed to diminish the range of thought.” Newspeak was characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words, the substitution of one word for another, the interchangeability of parts of speech, and the creation of words for political purposes. The word has caught on in general use to refer to confusing or deceptive bureaucratic jargon.  (this from the Merriam Webster Dictionary).

Definition of martyr

1a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion
2a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself for the sake of principle, for example a martyr to the cause of freedom

Nancy is engaged in newspeak

Nancy is engaged in newspeak when she calls George Floyd a martyr.
Only if George Floyd volunteered to sacrifice his life to bring about
change can he be rightfully be called a martyr.  He didn’t die for his faith. He did not sacrifice his life for the sake of a principle dear to his heart.  Mr. Floyd was murdered, the victim of a terrible injustice.   
Stephen, Peter, James, and Polycarp were martyrs.  The Christians murdered by ISIS, these people died for a faith they would not renounce.  Nancy is an intelligent woman, so this is no accident.  It was carefully choosen newspeak.

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