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George Orwell on writing: Six little rules…

George Orwell on writing, from Politics and the English Language.  Good rules to write by for everyone, including Waubonsee students:

(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.

George Orwell on writing: Johnson: Those six little rules | The Economist.