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← In defence of obscure words

Tiende Landeplage's Avatar Jump to comment 67 by Tiende Landeplage

Comment 56 by Richard Dawkins :

As a PS to Orwell's Rules of Writing, Samuel Johnson said, "'Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.'" I can't believe he really meant it as a general rule, but occasionally I kind of get it.


This sounds akin to such familiar truisms as "Kill your darlings" and "Less is more", which are no doubt useful at times but shouldn't necessarily be practised religiously (if you'll pardon the expression).

Finnegans Wake quote of the day:

"The abnihilisation of the etym."

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:53:13 UTC | #937036