Orwell’s Rules – break them if you dare:

If you are a writer or especially if you are an aspiring writer, you really need to know these rules. If they were good enough for George Orwell – they’re certainly good enough for the rest of us.

  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 out a word, 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.

“Politics and the English Language”, 1946

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