Let's say one thing is good, but the other thing is better. In Newspeak they would be would be "good" and "doubleplusgood".

So how do you compare two things in Newspeak?

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    You seem to have answered your own question?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 22:18
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    That's pretty much it. The concept of the language wasn't new words, but to limit thought, because the words didn't carry enough meaning behind them. Better was a general concept that could be applied to any quality - doubleplusgood was a specific concept that meant better for the party.
    – Radhil
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 22:19

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You're almost there. "I like A better than B" would become "A is good, B is plusgood", leaving room for a third item that is "doubleplusgood".

Or again, if you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning, or " doubleplusgood" if you want something stronger still.
In the end the whole notion of goodness and badness will be covered by only six words — in reality, only one word

1984 - Chapter One.

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    Plusgood answer. Plus one.
    – void_ptr
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 23:22
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    by demonstrating preference, you have shown individualism. This is ungood as there is only the party
    – Naib
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 23:49
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    @Naib - If the Party says A is good, goodthink says A is good. To say A is ungood is thoughtcrime. Crimestop or thinkpol will come.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 23:51
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    we have always considered B to be plusgood. the party expects doublethink
    – Naib
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 0:00
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    @Naib - B is good. A is ungood. Minitruth will correct misprint,
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 0:16

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