In this passage George Orwell makes the assertion that amongst the confusion of long literary or political critiques, the writing often becomes meaningless as a result of improper language and jargon.
Instead of being a single word, such as break, stop, spoil, mend, kill, a verb becomes a phrase, made up of a noun or adjective tacked on to some general-purpose verb such as prove, serve, form, play, render. There is a long list of flyblown metaphors which could similarly be got rid of if enough people would interest themselves in the job; and it should also be possible to laugh the not un- formation out of existence 3to reduce the amount of Latin and Greek in the average sentence, to drive out foreign phrases and strayed scientific words, and, in general, to make pretentiousness unfashionable.
Exhibit 3 above, for instance, contains several patches of the same kind of English. But all these are minor points. The will construct your sentences for you — even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent — and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself.
He then explains how people, even professors, use unnecessary political speech to ineffectively get their points across. Orwell is again concerned for the lack of originality and compares these passages with a pre-planned henhouse.
The appropriate noises are coming out of his larynx, but his brain is not involved, as it would be if he were choosing his words for himself. He explains that this problem is especially prevalent among scientific, political and sociological writers whose constant use of jargon and Latin terminology makes it difficult to interpret yet alone understand their writing.
Orwell rationalizes how many writers use extraneous verbs and nouns to pad sentences and create the illusion of symmetry. Silly words and expressions have often disappeared, not through any evolutionary process but owing to the conscious action of a minority. Do not use a foreign phrase or a scientific word or jargon if you can think of an English substitute.
He claims writers find it is easier to gum together long strings of words than to pick words specifically for their meaning—particularly in political writing, where Orwell notes that "[o]rthodoxy Furthermore, he said that using metaphors of this kind made the original meaning of the phrases meaningless, because those who used them did not know their original meaning.
Orwell uses a quote from The Allies to prove his point once again, also explaining that the only way to end this abuse of the English language is to be constantly on guard.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. I believe that the effect the piece had on the reader solely depends on the open mindedness of the actual reader.
In addition, the passive voice is wherever possible used in preference to the active, and noun constructions are used instead of gerunds by examination of instead of by examining.
What words will express it?Here are the first two paragraphs of George Orwell's classic essay, "Politics and the English Language" ().
Which of these sentences would you say is or are the thesis statement of the essay which is to follow? Politics and the English Language - UW Faculty Web Server. George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language raises somewhat similar concerns as his ‘’. It is one of his most famous essays written regarding the decay of language and use of political language to conceal political sins.
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The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell /5. George Orwell's widely read essay 'Politics and the English Language' links the decline of the English language to the degradation of the political. "Politics and the English Language" () is an essay by George Orwell that criticises 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 /5.Download