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In terms of his essay Politics and the English Language, why, according to George Orwell, is it important that language should be used in a way that is not only clear, precise and fresh but also not ugly or barbarous?

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George Orwell, in his essay, Politics and the English Language, refers to "mental vices" that have caused the depreciation of the language. The examples he uses reflect "staleness" and are nothing more than "phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse." Words do not reflect their meaning and are being "perverted" because those who are writing do not take due care or show sufficient interest in what they are saying. It is important to discuss this problem in order to highlight its existence as otherwise, writers and readers do not even realize that they are party to such abuse of language.

Using words to simply "dress up" sentences is, according to Orwell , to be discouraged. A statement is not less biased, he suggests, by adding words that fool the reader into considering the statement to be scientifically-based when it is...

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