At some point you were, like me, probably required to read either Orwell’s dystopian Nineteen Eighty-Four or novella Animal Farm. What did this quintessential writer from the 40’s lay down as his Rules of Writing?
- Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, alway cut it out.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Yikes! Confessional time for me, I break rules 4 & 5 with great regularity. Any of these a pet peeve for you?