In George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language," a sixth "language trick" is to write by habit, stringing together "ready-made phrases." Why does Orwell condemn this approach?
In his essay "Politics and the English Language," Orwell points out several common writing practices that lead, in his mind, not only to bad writing but also to poor and even dangerous thinking. His point is that our use of language affects the way we think.
One of the errors Orwell points out is stringing together cliched phrases. He writes:
"As I have tried to show, modern writing at its worst does not consist in picking out words for the sake of their meaning and inventing images in order to make the meaning clearer. It consists in...
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