Orwell on ethos (or lack thereof)
02 March 2008
“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.