Reflecting on Orwell's Writing Advice

Orwell Watch # 2: Murder in Yeovil

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  1. So, he said with his tongue in his cheek, the passive voice ought not be used? What of Orwell's advice that a long word ought not be used when instead a shorter word could be used? Passive, yes. Good advice, certainly.

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  2. One of my "first day of class" handouts was Orwell's five rules of writing from that essay. I don't know whether it did any good, but I felt better anyway. At least I had warned them.

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  3. Fred, what a great idea. I know what students in my classes will be receiving at the beginning of the next semester!

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  4. Dear R/T,

    It would not do to consider the not inconsiderable prolegomenon one would espouse in the utilization of so considerable a source. The vitiation of the not inconsiderable strength of the English Language obviates the utilization and lateralization of lesser guides.

    How's that for violating most of the five?

    shalom,

    Steven

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  5. Well done! You earn an "A" for obfuscation. Be aware, though, Steven, Orwell's spectre is preparing to visit you.

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  6. R/T,

    Glad you found it useful.

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  7. Steven,

    That sounds like something Nixon's former chief of staff would say--Was his name Haig?

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