Hebridean Thoughtcrime

"Hebridean Thoughtcrime"What were you thinking?


Hebridean islands

  • Group of about 500 islands off the northwestern coast of Scotland
  • The Inner Hebrides are separated from the Outer Hebrides by the Little Minch. Also called Western Isles
  • (Isle of Skye) bridge 2 hundreds of islands. Where Orwell wrote1984


  • thought against authority

Expanded info:

Orwellian neologism

  • Used to describe an illegal thought. The term was popularized in the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • The criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question Ingsoc, the ruling party.
  • In the book, the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects
  • To entertain unacceptable thoughts is known as crimethink in Newspeak, the ideologically purified dialect of the party
  • Crimestop is a way to avoid crimethink by immediately purging dangerous thoughts from the mind

“Crimestop” means to rid oneself of unwanted thoughts immediately

  • Thoughts that interfere or disagree with the ideology of the Party
  • This keeps a person from committing thoughtcrime
  • The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak
  • The Party says the earth is flat’, ‘the party says that ice is heavier than water’—and trained himself in not seeing or not understanding the arguments that contradicted them



Thoughtcrime has been used to describe instances in which people are prevented from voicing opinions which are politically incorrect or which may potentially offend others

This prevention may affect speech, writing, and other forms of expression