Sunday sayings–the art of English

Posted: January 12, 2014 in Sunday sayings, Writing
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To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.

~George Orwell,  English writer 1903 -1950

Comments
  1. Preeti says:

    Well, atleast it’s not French! I gave up within a week of trying to learn that…’speak something else ,write it someway else’!! Am I making sense or has the vagueness got the better of me….

  2. Joe Owens says:

    This is so true and a battle all writers must continue to wage their entire career.

  3. That is such a strong quote! But the English language is so intriguing, it is beautiful.

  4. Thats soooo true :o) … and I agree for the comments about french :o) Have a great sunday!

  5. The constant assault on even ‘decent’ English by those who would make it little more than an amalgam of catchphrases and popularities amounts to a war on the language. The giant modern spin machine is churning our beloved language into an unrecognizable thing. Very sad.

  6. I always knew George to be a smart man!

  7. M. R. says:

    Erhmmm … “cluttered UP”? Well, I suppose we must’ve dropped the preposition post-George …

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