George Orwell

1984

George Orwell

London, 1949

In his essay Politics and the English Language (1946), Orwell wrote about the importance of precise and clear language, arguing that vague writing can be used as a powerful tool of political manipulation because it shapes the way we think. In that essay, Orwell provides six rules for writers: never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech

which you are used to seeing in print; never use a long word where a short one will do; if it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out; never use the passive where you can use the active; never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent; break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

 

Text source: Project Gutenberg

 
 
 

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