I just found a great essay written in 1948 by George Orwell. The essay, Politics and the English Language, is pretty dry but there are great items in it. The bottom line is that in 1948 Orwell believed the English language was heading down a path of over indulgence and poor thought.
Poor thought breeds poor words.
People were not getting their point across. This was (and still is) very true of politicians. Without the ability to clearly reach their audience, politicians and writers were failing in their primary goal- to articulate their ideas and produce action or emotion.
With the advent of social media, I thought it was important to realize that there are over a million bloggers and many do not understand how to write. Not that I am an expert- I have good blogs and bad ones. Truth is- I typically know when I have a bad one before I post it.
I thought it would be nice to share Orwell’s 6 tips for all you bloggers, writers and politicians. His information is as fresh today as it was 60 years ago.
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never us a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.