Politics And The English Language by George Orwell

Politics And The English Language by George Orwell

Interesting advice/opinions from George Orwell on clarity in writing. In my opinion, some of what he writes about is outdated, but much of it is as true today as when it was written.

Here are his recommendations/guidelines

i. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
ii. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
iii. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
iv. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
v. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
vi. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

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