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    A point for thought

    George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, 1946
    I think the following rules will cover most cases:
    1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    2. Never use a long word where a short word will do.
    3. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out.
    4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

    May I ask what the meanings of the advice at No.1 & 6 above are? Thanks a million.


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    Re: A point for thought

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    George Orwell, Politics and the English Language, 1946
    I think the following rules will cover most cases:
    1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
    2. Never use a long word where a short word will do.
    3. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out.
    4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
    5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

    May I ask what the meanings of the advice at No.1 & 6 above are? Thanks a million.
    #1 Be original

    #6 If the rules mean that your sentence is awkward or uncomfortable, then ignore the rules.

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