Politics And The English Language: By George Orwell Hardcover Book
  • Politics And The English Language: By George Orwell Hardcover Book
  • Politics And The English Language: By George Orwell Hardcover Book
ISBN: 2491704811
EAN13: 9782491704810
Language: English
Pages: 50
Dimensions: 0.1574803" H x 8.818898" L x 5.826772" W
Weight: 0.2204623 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Politics and the English Language (1946) is an essay by George Orwell that criticised the ugly and inaccurate written English of his time and examines the connection between political orthodoxies and the debasement of language.

The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it. This unclear prose was a contagion which had spread to those who did not intend to hide the truth, and it concealed a writer's thoughts from himself and others Orwell encourages concreteness and clarity instead of vagueness, and individuality over political conformity.

Remedy of Six Rules

Orwell said it was easy for his contemporaries to slip into bad writing of the sort he had described and that the temptation to use meaningless or hackneyed phrases was like a packet of aspirins always at one's elbow. In particular, such phrases are always ready to form the writer's thoughts for him, to save him the bother of thinking-or writing-clearly. However, he concluded that the progressive decline of the English language was Read More chevron_right

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