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On 21 Feb 2012, at 17:15, Adam Walker wrote:

> Big Brother is watching.  Speak Newspeak!
> 
> Adam
> 
> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM, Adam Walker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>> So the problem is not that English has too many words. The problem is that
>>> the English dictionary contains too many non-words. I say if a
>>> (non-technical) word is unknown to 80% of the population it should be
>>> purged from the dictionary as unnecessary baggage.
>>> 
>>> --gary

This already exists: the Oxford School Dictionary. 

Adam: I started writing about 600 words on that exact subject and then realised you'd summed it up in one word. I wonder what percentage of the population know what Newspeak actually means? Remember Stutter's Law: all people are idiots.