Many will be aware of this famous essay by George Orwell, written shortly after the end of the Second World War. In it the author rails against the laziness of writers, especially political, bureaucratic and academic writers, who marshal their thoughts around the words and prefabricated phrases they want to use rather than select their words and phrases to suit the thoughts they are trying to express. It is a singular lesson for anyone involved in speech- or any other sort of non-fiction writing, but the main purpose of the piece was to highlight the deceptive and empty language employed by politicians. He also criticizes the use of ‘dead metaphors’ such as shoulder to shoulder and leave no stone unturned which are still hauled out with miserable regularity today, especially by politicians trying to convince us of some improbability or another.
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