One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An imaginary place where inconvenient or unpleasant information is put and quickly forgotten.‘now that the trial's been postponed the whole case has dropped into the memory hole’
- ‘It was published earlier this month and fell down the memory hole.’
- ‘Straight down the memory hole with you, history!’
- ‘Other fine buildings, however, have vanished down the memory hole so quickly that the architects could write only their obituaries.’
- ‘I know the gadflies will keep on gadding - and more power to them - but this is clearly a story the media elites are determined to stuff down the memory hole.’
- ‘Well, I'm wondering whether the attention may have been unwelcome because now the website seems to be down the memory hole.’
- ‘For a peek at previous party lines, long since flushed down the memory hole, see this post.’
- ‘Oftentimes it is corporate reasons, such as copyright, that cause material to slide down the memory hole.’
- ‘It appears that the time is now to snatch these scraps of history back out of the memory hole.’
- ‘It turns out that I was there for the last home win in Montreal Expos history, a small claim to fame that I'll hold onto tightly as the team fades down the memory hole.’
- ‘Check them out now, as I predict these original claims will soon disappear down the memory hole.’
- ‘My work had disappeared down the cyber memory hole.’
- ‘One more film in 1957 and then Garrett seemed a forgotten name buried deep down some memory hole.’
- ‘While things are spiraling down into the memory hole it sometimes makes sense to give them a few quick tugs before they vanish into oblivion altogether.’
- ‘It simply threw the embarrassing document down the memory hole.’
- ‘He explains the long delay by saying he had been ‘straining to recover [the recollection] from a very deep memory hole.’’
- ‘Then sell this mess of pottage by throwing reason, history and the economic facts of reality down the memory hole.’
- ‘Never underestimate the power of public relations efforts to determine what is remembered and what vanishes down the memory hole.’
- ‘Joan of Arc, Roland and Vercingetorix, all hardly known in France before 1870, were rescued from the memory hole by a nation that needed martyrs after the Prussian victory.’
- ‘Will they allow their most unique legal rights to slip down the memory hole?’
- ‘So I expect that barring some explosive news (that incorporates real proof and not just assumptions this time) it'll be down the memory hole within a month.’
From George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, which described a slot where historical documents could be disposed of to allow for manipulation of memories of the past.
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