I recently read ‘Why I Write‘ by George Orwell and within the essay ‘Politics and the English Language’ lie the ‘writing rules’ sometimes quoted on Twitter and elsewhere online.

It’s an interesting essay where he points out that jargon, unoriginal metaphors, padding and ‘humbug’ are used increasingly in politics and creeping into other literary arena’s.

Bear in mind that this was written in 1946 so he’s rapidly spinning in his grave at the moment.

The fact George frequently uses the word ‘humbug’ throughout this book is an unmitigated joy.

His rules are;

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