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December 30, 2010

What Does "Asian" Mean in Newspeak?

Posted by Dave Blount at December 30, 2010 1:50 PM

Here's a Newspeak vocabulary quiz. See if you can figure out what the euphemism "Asian" means in this story:

A former serviceman was ambushed and beaten up by drunken thugs simply because he was wearing an RAF blazer and poppy [in honor of his fellow vets].
Anthony O'Brien was preparing for a comrade's funeral when the two teenage yobs shouted at him: 'Blow up all soldiers — death to all soldiers'.
The pair — described as being of Asian or mixed race — then headbutted and punched the 69-year-old to the floor.
He managed to stagger home to raise the alarm and was taken to hospital, where, battered and bruised, he spent the next five weeks recovering.
The incident has left him wheelchair bound with long-term health problems.

If you guessed that "Asian" in this context means "Muslim, probably of Pakistani origin," you win a Newspeak dictionary.

Anthony O'Brien, via Opit's LinkFest.

On a tip from Smorfia48.