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Read the excerpt from and the English by George Orwell. In our time,

politics and the english language quotes

He states it so clearly that it's surprising how anyone could think otherwise. Abraham Lincoln said them, in a speech before the War between the States. In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing. New York: Henry Holt and Company. That was a sobering moment indeed.

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Critical Analysis

politics and the english language quotes

Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. It is also a rant that is easily misapplied to perpetuate prescriptive nonsense, regardless of context. These poor writing habits spread by imitation. First, he presented five passages he picked from articles. There are several examples of these deceptive techniques used today; things that would make George Orwell turn in his grave. Numerous experiences told me that very few adults I met were serious about what they spoke.


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Politics and the English Language by Suha Khan on Prezi

politics and the english language quotes

The debased language that I have been discussing is in some ways very convenient. It is easier — even quicker, once you have the habit — to say in my opinion it is not an unjustifiable assumption that than to say I think. Real life evidence not included in Orwell's Essay During the 2012 United States presidency elections. A Latin or Greek root is used with an affix added to it. It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug. First, he presented five passages he picked from articles.

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Read the excerpt from and the English by George Orwell. In our time,

politics and the english language quotes

Orwell says that this decline is self-perpetuating. The writer presents a possible example of such speech. As language changes, and new words become popular, old words and phrases will become archaic and lose their place within the English Language. Since, Language is one of the ways of knowing. He is especially offended by insincerity obscured by wordy and opaque turns of speech in which all meaning is lost and laziness in writing in resorting to pre-fabricated phrases and worn-out metaphors that are chosen for convenience rather than aptness. I would believe that what he really wants to point out in this essay is that connection with readers is the most important elements of writing regardless of what concept you have got.


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George Orwell: Politics and the English Language

politics and the english language quotes

However, I find that if we stopped using all of the big, unusual, complicated, words and used plain, simple prose instead, we would lose such a beautiful and interesting part of the language. Influences from around the globe are immigrated into our language due to their popularity, which arises issues with creating new words and phrases. And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? I also rate 'Why I Write', collected here, extremely highly - that's pretty much why I write, too. However by then they had escaped from Spain and returned to England. You can shirk it by simply throwing your mind open and letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in.

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Read the excerpt from and the English by George Orwell. In our time,

politics and the english language quotes

Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Orthodoxy, of whatever colour, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style. And, in this way, it is Orwell's guide to progress and freedom from orthodoxy, oppression and dirty complex ill-constructed sentences with much felonious motives. But as with the cycle of the drunk, the cycle of poor thinking-poor speaking can be broken. He provides a hypothetical situation in which a writer uses poor language. What, for example, does the following paragraph mean, even if it could be translated into something approaching standard English? Here it is in modern English: Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

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Politics and the English Language

politics and the english language quotes

This last point is important. This degradation is rising because of the conflict within us. For long, I knew something was wrong with the way words are used. When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. I believe what Orwell is talking about is true for more than just politics and for more than just the English language.

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George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

politics and the english language quotes

When the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer. In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It is easier — even quicker, once you have the habit — to say In my opinion it is not an unjustifiable assumption that than to say I think. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better. While I do think that using foreign words ad hoc nauseam I could have easily have said haphazardly-which is also foreign is a problem, today's globalized world may now have made more exceptions to this rule. Este această imagine suficient de proaspătă pentru a avea efect? It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using that word if it were tied down to any one meaning.

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George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

politics and the english language quotes

There they were, seemingly lifeless, made only of black and white, but out of them, out of their own being, came love and terror and pity and pain and wonder and all the other vague abstractions that make our ephemeral lives dangerous, great, and bearable. Since the essay is written in difficult English, one would have to be fluent in English in order to have a good interpretation of the text. These five passages have not been picked out because they are especially bad — I could have quoted far worse if I had chosen — but because they illustrate various of the mental vices from which we now suffer. But there are important and memorable examples and some good advice amid the angry fluff. When you think of a concrete object, you think wordlessly, and then, if you want to describe the thing you have been visualising you probably hunt about until you find the exact words that seem to fit it.

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