Daily Dojo

Orwell’s Rules For Writing

1) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

2) Never use a long word where a short one will do.

3) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

4) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

5) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

6) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

I have and probably will continue break most of them (particularly number 6), but it’s good to know what rules one is breaking when they’re being broken…

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