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Orwell on ethos (or lack thereof)

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language. (Hat tip to Ed.)

The corollary: When you turn to long word and exhausted idioms, the reader suspects a gap between your real and your declared aims.

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Joanna Young

Good reminder. That's one of my favourite Orwell quotes.

Joanna

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