Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Microsoft's newspeak, Apple's (good) oldspeak

Microsoft uses Orwell's Newspeak while Apple uses proper (Standard) English, or Oldspeak in the novel 1984.

I was working with spreadsheets today using both MS Excel and Apple's iWork/Numbers and noticed that where
Apple menu options offer a choice between
Hide and Show,

MS Excel menu options choice is between
Hide and Unhide.

Exactly according to the great principles of Newspeak where good and bad were replaced by good and ungood.

Did anyone notice?
1984 (Signet Classics)

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