Animal Farm or Outright Barbarity?

file0001021837935

Animal Farm or Outright Barbarity?
No, this post isn’t about George Orwell’s chilling political satire on Stalin called ‘Animal Farm’. But the following was written by George Orwell in 1946. He entitled it ‘Politics and the English Language’.
1. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
2. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
3. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
4. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
5. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Go, George.
(Excerpted from News Limited’s ‘Style’ book.)

Leave a Reply