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The Great Enemy of Clear Language is Insincerity – “Politics and the English Language” – George Orwell

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments · Political Communication, Politics, Writing

A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were instinctively, to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink.

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