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.


(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.

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

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