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Friday, December 02, 2005

Orwell: Politics and the English Language - the classic Essay from 1946.

George Orwell aka Eric Blair; di you know he changed his name as he felt it was too Scottish?Orwell: Politics and the English Language

'Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language -- so the argument runs -- must inevitably share in the general collapse. Arguably the greatest ever crafter of the English LanguageIt follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.'

I never tire of this.

All the Orwell you will ever need at the absolutely excellent K-1.com


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