George Orwell Makes the Rules ~ Another View From the Keyboard

In his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell provided a list of five (by his count) rules for writing:

 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.

Let me just say that I find rules number ii, iv, and vi particularly good ones.

More pictures and words coming soon to View From the Keyboard. If you’d like to submit your own work and workspace, please see the guidelines. And thanks to the evocative (but perhaps now dormant) uppwords.blogspot.com for the Orwell image. -PMc←

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