15.12.2010

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946

Glänzendes Essay von George Orwell über eine Art 'Anti Newspeak-Regeln', d.h. Regeln, denen man (und vor allem Politiker) folgen sollten, wenn sie reden, um sicher zu stellen, dass sie keine gedanken durch Blabla verschleiern.

Kernzitat:

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

(ii) Never us a long word where a short one will do.

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

(iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active.

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

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


Quelle:
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946

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