Orwell Essay - the same kind of English he used three extra...

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Samantha Knee November 9, 2006 Cut it Out In “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell presented six rules to prohibit the collapse of the English language. Discouragingly , Orwell failed all of his rules. Orwell broke the rule, “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out”, frequently (55). Orwell proposed, “In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning”, he could have cut out twelve extra words with still getting his point across (51). A choice with fewer words would be that it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning. Orwell addressed, “Exhibit (3), above, for instance, contains several patches of
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Unformatted text preview: the same kind of English, he used three extra words that could have been cut out (52). It would have been better to have said that exhibit (3) contains several patches of the same kind of English. Orwell wrote, In our time, it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing, he used eight more words than he should have (53). He could have simply stated that political writing is bad writing. Would Orwells essay be more efficient if he would have followed his own rules? In Politics and the English Language, to prevent the demise of the English language Orwell proposed six rules of English to follow. He broke all of his rules throughout the essay, but the one he broke the most was, If it is possible to cut a work out, always cut it out....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENGL 110 taught by Professor Slovak during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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