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on 7 February 2011
In 1946, Orwell launched his essay 'Politics and the English Language' with the words:
'Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way'.
Familiar territory then. But while Orwell gave us a little over 5,000 words, Mr Humphreys has spun his message out to 330 pages.
Orwell even provides a 90 word summary:
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Mr Humphreys, (iii) is good!!