Words can limit and can add new connotations. What words are used here that have new meanings? Why doesn't she explain all of them as the occur? "Salvingings," for example
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In Gilead the meanings of words are changed to their opposites, as in Orwell's Newspeak, in an effort to restructure the way people are allowed to think about their world. For example, the Gileadean rhetoric of 'Aunts', 'Angels', 'Salvagings' takes words with reassuring emotional connotations and distorts them into euphemisms for the instruments of oppression.