Thursday, September 01, 2016
Orwell's Six Rules for Writing
Image: George Orwell at work.
Of late, I’ve been reading though a collection of essays by George Orwell. In one of those essays titled “Politics and the English Language” Orwell offers his six rules for effective writing:
(i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use 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.