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Orwell: Morally wrong to write badly

May 21, 2011

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George Orwell (1903-50) was a literary titan of the 20th century famous for his passion for clarity in language and keen sense of social injustice. His works continue to influence popular and political culture even to this day. Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language” (1946) sets out his basic premise that it is morally […]

The Rube Goldberg machine of language

October 26, 2010

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Someone rather famous once said that we have to be pointed out the simple stuff that is easily seen, recognised or understood just to get by, let alone more complex things like The Truth: “… we have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” […]