Politics And The English Language By George Orwell

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The topics of the declining of the English language and political writing are frequently discussed amongst several people. The English language is constantly being altered with the introduction of new phrases, through generations and social media. These phrases are looked at as bad habits, sometimes referred to as “poor writing” in comparison to good traditional English. Political leaders typically give speeches containing vague language to justify actions taken in places around the world. These speeches are believed to use poor writing simply moving away from the truth of what is being discussed. In his essay titled “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell uses examples to explain what he believes to be poor writing habits, and the common mistakes made by many in modern writing during his era. In Orwell’s essay, five samples of writing are given. These examples are each what George believes illustrates “the mental vices from which we suffer”. On page 10 of his essay Orwell uses a sample from Ecclesiastes. In the first sample by Ecclesiastes, zero words deriving from Latin roots are used. Orwell believes that this allows the writers message to be clear to the reader. In the last sentence he states, “I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong neither yet bread to the wise.” From this sentence alone most can understand that Ecclesiastes is discussing In terms of modern writing Orwell predicts that
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