George Orwell essay on Politics and the English Language

In Polytricks on February 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

George Orwell wrote an essay on the manipulation of the English language in 1946.  Orwell famously stated that political speech could “make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.. “

Orwell advocated writing in plain english, he said there was a  close association between bad prose and oppressive ideology.

Often I feel that the weasels have won simply since weasels words have suffocated out plain english.  Meaningless baffle-gab weasels phrases like, “moving forward”, “in terms of”, “we need to educate”, “collateral damage”, “start a conversation about”.. etc.. etc.. ad nausaum.

Words are now used as weapons to conceal, distort and confuse the issue.  FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) in other words.  Orwell’s warning rings louder as the years pass…


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