- Soviet phraseology
Soviet phraseology, i.e., the
Russian languageof the epoch of the Soviet Union, has a number of distinct traits that reflect the Soviet way of life and Soviet cultureand politics. Most of these distinctions are ultimately traced (directly or indirectly, as a cause-effect chain) to the utopicgoal of creating a new society, the ways of the implementation of this goal and what was actually implemented. Clearly the topic of this article is not limited to Russian language, since this phraseology permeated all national languages in the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, Russian language was the one of "inter-nationality communication" in the Soviet Union, although it was never declared official languageof the state, therefore it was the major source of Soviet phraseology.
The major driving forces in Soviet
word coinagewere new notions and agitpropslipping into what is known now as doublespeak.
An initial surge of intentional word coinage appeared immediately after the
October Revolution. The declared goal of Bolshevikwas "to abolish the capitalist state with all its means of oppression". At the same time, the instruments of the state were objectively, necessary, and they did exist, only under new names. the most notable example is People's Commissar/ People's Commissariatwhich corresponded to minister/ministry (and in fact the latter terms were restored in 1946).
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