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For the chief executive of a federal government marching ever closer to a totalitarian regime, George W. Bush doesn’t have a very firm grasp of the concept of “Newspeak.” One would think George Orwell’s fictional language—“the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year”—would have a direct appeal to our president’s simplistic sensibilities. Yet, rather than reduce the inherent meanings of words and phrases, Bush is actually adding to them: “Stay the course” no longer means “keep doing exactly what we’re doing,” it means “complete the mission,” “do our job,” “achieve the goal,” and “constantly adjust to tactics”—all at the same time. Huh? How about we just reduce all of that to “course-stay”: n. the method by which good is achieved —vt. to do what is required to achieve good. Sound doubleplusgood to you, Dubya? Set your dictionary on fire when Meat & Potato Theatre perform their adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday, to Sunday, Nov. 5, at the 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th St. NW. $15. (703) 587-5730. (Matthew Borlik)