Rose Wild, Times, Feb 19th, was the stimulus for the following:
Orwell said political language 'is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.'
His advice included 6 rules:
- Cliches - 'never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.'
- 'Never use a long word when a short one will do.'
- 'If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.'
- 'Never use a 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 every day English equivalent.'
- 'Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.'