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If Orwell Could See Us Now! Politics and The English Language Way Back in 1946

George Orwell has a lot to say about how other write in New English. This is fun as current writing now in 2017 is most likely 61 years worse. It would be nice to get a follow up but that’s impossible.

Politics and the English Language

“Politics and the English Language” (1946) 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, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it.

What Do You Think He’s Saying?

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