Why did George Orwell call his last novel Nineteen Eighty-Four?

Why did George Orwell call his last novel Nineteen Eighty-Four? The usual explanation for the choice of title of Nineteen Eighty-Four is that it was a play on the last two digits of 1948, the year the manuscript was finished. This has never convinced me. I think there may be a better explanation, which comes from George Orwell’s … Read more