The Economist on writing
published: Mon, 7-Jul-2003 | updated: Thu, 27-Oct-2005
Orwell wrote these words in Politics and the English Language:
- Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print;
- Never use a long word where a short one will do;
- If it possible to cut out a word, cut it out;
- Never use the passive when you can use the active;
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent;
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarious.
Mea culpa, but my bete noire is certainly breaking the penultimate rule in my writings.