Style And Language

Brave New World #


Parodies: Mass production lines – baby assembly line.

Religious services – Solidarity Service. ‘T’ replaces Cross as symbol – Bradbury T, Charing T’ ‘Our Ford’, ‘ Big Henry’

Even Blasphemy: Oh Ford!” (22) His Fordship Mustapha Mond

Platitudes, slogans and clichés: ‘history is bunk’ ‘no leisure from pleasure’ ‘ending is better than mending’ (consumerism) “more stitches less riches”

Soma: ‘All the advantages of Christianity; none of its defects’, ‘a gramme is better than a damn’ ‘one cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentiments’


“ when the individual feels, society reels” ‘no leisure from pleasure – no time to think.

Euphemisms: ‘viviparous’ child-bearing, ‘decanted’ born.

Acronyms: V.P.S. – Violent Passion Surrogate

Coinage/neologism - wambling meaning wobbling.

Hypnopedia sleep learning.

Years of intensive hypnopaedia and, from twelve to seventeen, Malthusian drill three times a week had made the taking of these precautions almost as automatic and inevitable as blinking.


Hypnopedia is first recorded in Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World (1932), and the word may well be a coinage of his. Hypnopedia is a compound word formed from the Greek nouns hýpnos “sleep” and paideía “child-rearing, education.” Hýpnos is a regular Greek development of the Proto-Indo-European noun sup-nos, from the root swep, swop-, sup- “to sleep.” In preclassical Latin the noun swep-nos becomes swop-nos and finally somnus in classical Latin. The Germanic equivalent root, swef-no-, becomes swefen “sleep, dream” in Old English and sweven in Middle English, e.g., in Piers Plowman and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Paideía is a derivative of the noun país (stem paid-) “child.” Dictionary .com

Jargon - Scientific, technical terminology:

Ectogenesis – test tube incubation

Neo-Pavlovian conditioning, Hypnopaedia, “words, words without reason” (21) all state slogans become axiomatic, self-evident, utterly indisputable. (32).

Bokanovsky process, - egg buds, proliferates and divides to produce up to 96 identical twins.

Freemartins – sterile – neutered - trans sexual or eunuchs?

Lupus – inflammatory skin disease.

Soma – replaced all former drugs: “Euphoric, narcotic, pleasantly hallucinant’ ‘All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol, none of their defects’ (45) Used to pacify the masses – People under the influence of chemical restraints don’t rebel or revolt.

> Brachycephalic - short wide head.

Dolichocephalic - long headed


Changed collocations:

What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder” (16)


What God has joined let no man put asunder” from Anglican Marriage ceremony.

“All men are physico-chemically equal. (61) originally

all men are equal” Declaration of Rights of man.

“Big Henry” replaced “Big Ben” famous clock in Westminster.