Orwell: Politics And The English Language

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I disagree with Orwell’s position because I don’t believe that the English language is just natural growth, it’s an instrument that we shape for our own purposes. Throughout the years the English language has changed, every single decade had people talking in different ways. Not because it has a “natural growth” like Orwell believes but because we are the ones that keep changing it. Each generation has made an impact on the English language, creating new words and adding them to the dictionary we even create new phrases. In the 1930s the word “gig” started to be used, this means “job” and in the 1970s people started to say “dig it” which means “to like something or understand it”. We start evolving as the years pass which is why it leads me to believe that the english language isn’t doing it on it’s on because it’s just a “natural growth”, it’s growing but because we are evolving.

Dying Metaphors:

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-“stirring controversy, playing to the hands of the enemy, and insulting those who took part in the revolution anniversary rally.” – Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Operators or verbal false limbs:

-“We have gone through all of these steps in Birmingham. There can be no gainsaying of the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community.” – Martin Luther King jr. , Letter from Birmingham Jail

Pretentious Diction:

– “Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?” – JFK Inaugural Address Speech

Meaningless Words:

– “Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist.”- Ted Cruz

Orwell objects to “ready made phrases” and mixed metaphors because they usually tend to take away the flow of the reading. In paragraph 12, Orwell says “It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug. The attraction of this way of writing is that it is easy. It is easier — even quicker, once you have the habit —” where he rants about authors not being creative enough and the originality of words disappear.

I agree that these are some of the most essential questions that writers can ask themselves because these questions determine how a reader interprets the text. The way you say something or explain it can affect how the reader understands the reading, might interest them and will catch their attention or it won’t. Causing imagery and telling details in a story changes how one looks at it. That’s what makes a story worth reading.

I agree why this would concern him because it’s true, corruption is obvious in ones writing, when you’re writing you are putting whatever is going through your mind on paper, text, etc. A corrupted mind will only produce concerning writing but if there’s a nice flow and good thoughts then the writing will come out positive.

I disagree with Orwell saying that “correct grammar and syntax …are of no importance so long as one makes one’s meaning clear” because if you don’t use proper grammar then the reader could misinterpret whatever it is that you’re saying, there could be a miscommunication all because you didn’t use proper grammar and syntax. In this article, http://www.startribune.com/top-10-reasons-you-should-learn-to-use-proper-grammar/348141711/ , they list 10 reasons why you should learn to use proper grammar. Two out of the 10 reason are, “1.Grammatical errors are distracting. 2. Grammatical errors interfere with clarity”.


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