George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”

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I read this passage from The Daily Heller.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” includes the following warnings:

  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 one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, 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.

The same holds true for design writing. But since design and politics are finding themselves more closely linked than ever before, it is worth reading Orwell’s manifesto as a matter of course.

 

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