Saturday, July 29, 2006

I Wonder If He'll Call It "Newspeak"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is banning words from use in Iran.

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported Saturday.

"Elastic loaves" just doesn't do it. "Oh, most esteemed purveyor of sustenance, I'd like an elastic loaf to go, extra dairy curd, no anchovies please. Allah be praised."

The presidential decree, issued earlier this week, orders all governmental
agencies, newspapers and publications to use words deemed more appropriate by
the official language watchdog, the Farhangestan Zaban e Farsi, or Persian
Academy, the Irna official news agency reported.

Next thing you know he'll be proclaiming that War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength. How about a Ministry of Love?


Thanks for the links!

Real Clear Politics
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