Day 14: Nineteen Eighty Four

George Orwell

Orwell in his book Politics and the English Language gave us his point on crispiness and the importance of lucid simple language. He votes “vague language” as a powerful and helpful tool in politically manipulating readers. In a nutshell here the 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.

 

Source: Nineteen Eighty Four

Nineteen Eighty Four was written by George Orwell. It was published in 1949.

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