Ogden, C.K.

He invented an 850-word version of English.
He invented an 850-word version of English.



(1889 – 1957) Charles Kay Ogden was an incredibly productive and versatile British scholar, linguist, philosopher, and writer who, along with I. A. Richards, invented an 850-word version of English called Basic English. The 850 words were deemed the minimum number of words necessary to say anything you want to say English.
Note: George Orwell's Newspeak, the similarly stripped-down version of English described in his novel 1984, was probably inspired by its example.



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