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← In defence of obscure words

Cook@Tahiti's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by Cook@Tahiti

Orwell's Rules of Writing:

  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.

Bonus Rule: Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:12:26 UTC | #936806