Babble on ? or Babble away?

Eddie Kim


This is one of the descriptions of "Telescreen" in the novel 1984.

I'm just curious about this.

Here's the context :

Behind Winston's back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan.
The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously.

Here's my question : What difference in meaning happens if I change "away" to "on" ?

My opinion is that the writer uses "away" because Winston dislikes the telescreen so much and so he does not care whatever comes out of it.
And if I change "away" to "on", it could probably sound like Winston was paying attention to the telescreen.

Thanks for your help in advance ! :)
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    I agree with Beryl, Eddie Kim. Both "babble on" and "babble away" are unflattering things to say about that voice from the telescreen.
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