Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tips of the Day: George Orwell

Here are some of George Orwell’s tips for good writing, which are lifted from his essay, “Politics and the English Language:”

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.

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