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  George Orwell: Politics and the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer.
The political dialects to be found in pamphlets, leading articles, manifestoes, White papers and the speeches of undersecretaries do, of course, vary from party to party, but they are all alike in that one almost never finds in them a fresh, vivid, homemade turn of speech.
Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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  Politics and the English Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Politics and the English Language" (1946) is one of George Orwell's most famous essays.
He examines political writing (and writing in general) in English, diagnoses its serious faults, and suggests remedies.
I should expect to find—this is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify—that the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship.
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Politics and the English Language George Orwell 1946 Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
The political dialects to be found in pamphlets, leading articles, manifestoes, White Papers and the speeches of under-secretaries do, of course, vary from party to party, but they are all alike in that one almost never finds in them a fresh, vivid, home-made turn of speech.
Political language--and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
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 Politics and the English Language - Essay by George Orwell
Politics and the English Language - Essay by George Orwell
English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we
Political language-and with variations this is true of all political
www.george-orwell.org /Politics_and_the_English_Language/0.html   (4491 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language - George Orwell, Book, etext
OST people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
Bad writers, and especially scientific, political and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like expedite, ameliorate, predict, extraneous, deracinated, clandestine, subaqueous and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon opposite numbers.
Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au /words/authors/O/OrwellGeorge/essay/politicaandenglish.html   (4476 words)

  
 Chicken Yoghurt: Politics and the English Language
Politics and the English Language was written in April 1946.
But his political evolution was really pretty awful, and his style is of a piece with it.
The English language is so beautiful, and one of the best ways to preserve it is for those that are widely read (so we're talking columnists and authors here) to dip into their voluminous vocabulary and hopefully encourage their readers to look things up that they don't understand, thus educating themselves.
chickyog.blogspot.com /2005/06/politics-and-english-language.html   (4270 words)

  
 George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"
If a new spirit is to be infused into this old country, there is one thorny and contentious reform which must be tackled, and that is the humanization and galvanization of the B.B.C. Timidity here will bespeak canker and atrophy of the soul.
To begin with, it has nothing to do with archaism, with the salvaging of obsolete words and turns of speech, or with the setting-up of a "standard-English" which must never be departed from.
Political language--and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu /orwell.html   (4315 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language
It embodies logic, semantics, human behavior, language evolution, etc. We do find tons of problems in English and English writing, but it is not likely human animals can ever correct it, assuming a correct way is even theoretically possible or desirable.
The theory that language affects thought has been propounded by linguists, so-called Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, and the logic-based artificial language lojban is in part a experimental offspring.
Or rather, language and human's use of it is wild, at heart or not.
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 George Orwell: Politics and the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
The defence of the English language implies more than this, and perhaps it is best to start by saying what it does not imply.
Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
www.worldpolicy.org /globalrights/europe/Orwell-Politics&English.html   (4323 words)

  
 LOST FOR WORDS: Politics and the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Focus groups, polling, a whole array of mechanisms that speechwriters and rhetoricians in politics can now employ to tweak language to the point that it is only what people want to hear and not what they don't want to hear, which creates a general effect of dumbing down, I think.
To deny himself that understanding of politics that is so expansive and dilutes language so much might begin to turn people's ear to look for clarity, to look for directness, to look for some kind of sense of honesty in how politicians speak.
As long as politics is going to be understood to be all comprehensive, political language is going to be diluted and silly and often nonsensical as we see here.
www.uncommonknowledge.org /00fall/520.html   (3997 words)

  
 George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946
Bad writers, and especially scientific, political, and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like expedite, ameliorate, predict, extraneous, deracinated, clandestine, subaqueous, and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon numbers.* The jargon peculiar to
I should expect to find -- this is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify -- that the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship.
Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
www.mtholyoke.edu /acad/intrel/orwell46.htm   (4451 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language: Language and Power
A separate issue and one that we will discuss in a global context is that of the possibly 6000 languages spoken in the world 95% are in danger of dying out.
Language requirements are/were part of the PhD exam and it is interesting to see which languages are/were seen as `kosher' languages.
Background: Bernal Black Athena I and II; Said Orientalism; Curme, G. (1912) "History of the English Gerund", in Englische Studien 45; Jespersen, O. Language; Jespersen, O. Growth and Structure of the English Language, ch 1-2; van Gelderen (1992) "Gerunds in the early twentieth century" in Language and Cognition 3; Sapir, E. Language; Wetherell, M et.al.
www.public.asu.edu /~gelderen/lg-pol.htm   (1102 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language
He examines political writing in English, diagnoses its serious faults, and suggests remedies, drawing up a list of rules for writers to follow:
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
The faults Orwell diagnosed in 1946 are still very common and the essay is as valuable for writers today as it has ever been.
www.fastload.org /po/Politics_and_the_English_Language.html   (383 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Someone should have pointed out to him, when a word is used in a sentence and conveys no meaning and serves not purpose, it is not only meaningless, it is superfluous, and gets in the way of any meaning there might be.
In English, "...they illustrate various of the mental vices...," is incapable of meaning since the prepositional phrase, "of the mental vices," is used as an adjective to modify the noun...
This writing would have been fine in a casual setting, such as on a forum (where it would actually be superior), but in a piece critical of English, it is its own best example.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/fr/632547/posts   (5279 words)

  
 Amazon.com: A Collection of Essays: Books: George Orwell   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
"Politics and the English Language" is a prose working-out of Orwell's perceptions about the slippery relationship of word and thought that becomes a key premise of 1984.
From English boarding schools to Gandhi's character to an early appreciation of Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer, these pieces give an idiosyncratic tour of the first half of the passing century in the company of an articulate and engaged guide.
Politics against literature : An exam of Gulliver travels is a careful study and analysis of the meaning of this bitter novel.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0156186004?v=glance   (2508 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language--George Orwell
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, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
One could keep all of them and still write bad English, but one could not write the kind of stuff that I quoted in these five specimens at the beginning of this article.
Political language-and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
www.classicshorts.com /stories/patel.html   (4312 words)

  
 Politics And The English Language by George Orwell
As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.
Bad writers, and especially scientific, political and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like expedite, ameliorate, predict, extraneous, deracinated, clandestine, sub-aqueous and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon opposite numbers.
Political language —and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
www.ourcivilisation.com /decline/orwell1.htm   (4445 words)

  
 The Value of George Orwell by Charley Reese
He was a man who was an active participant in his times, and since the new century appears to be going down the same road as the last one, we can still learn from him.
His essay "Politics and the English Language" ought to be read by every journalist and by everyone who reads journalists or listens to the babble on television.
What distinguishes us from other animals is language, and when we use language not to communicate truth as best we can determine it, but to deceive, mislead, obfuscate and obscure the facts, then we are committing the ultimate sin against humanity.
www.lewrockwell.com /reese/reese266.html   (670 words)

  
 George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language"
If a new spirit is to be infused into this old country, there is one thorny and contentious reform which must be tackled, and that is the humanization and galvanization of the B.B.C. Timidity here will bespeak canker and atrophy of the soul.
To begin with, it has nothing to do with archaism, with the salvaging of obsolete words and turns of speech, or with the setting-up of a "standard-English" which must never be departed from.
Political language--and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
www.nutsandboltsguide.com /orwell.html   (4315 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language (continued) - Essay by George Orwell - Charles' George Orwell Links
In certain kinds of writing, particularly in art criticism and literary criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.
I said earlier that the decadence of our language is probably curable.
Political language—and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists—is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.
www.netcharles.com /orwell/essays/politics-english-language2.htm   (3031 words)

  
 The Fleet Sheet - daily English-language news bulletin devoted to the politics in the Czech republic
Fleet Sheet is the first source of politics in Czech for the foreign community.
Fleet Sheet is the first source of politics in Czechoslovakia for the foreign community.
Fleet Sheet is the first source of politics in the Czech republic for the foreign community.
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 Orwell :: Politics & The English Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Foreign words and expressions such as cul de sac, ancien randeacutgime, deus ex machina, mutatis mutandis, status quo, gleichschaltung, weltanschauung, are used to give an air of culture and elegance.
, there is no real need for any of the hundreds of foreign phrases now current in the English language.
Bad writers, and especially scientific, political, and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like expedite, ameliorate, predict, extraneous, deracinated, clandestine, subaqueous, and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon numbers.
www.augustana.ab.ca /rdx/eng/activism/orwellpolitics.htm   (4279 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language - Essay by George Orwell - Charles' George Orwell Links
Politics and the English Language - Essay by George Orwell - Charles' George Orwell Links
OST people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.
Bad writers, and especially scientific, political and sociological writers, are nearly always haunted by the notion that Latin or Greek words are grander than Saxon ones, and unnecessary words like expedite, ameliorate, predict, extraneous, deracinated, clandestine, subaqueous and hundreds of others constantly gain ground from their Anglo-Saxon opposite numbers.
www.netcharles.com /orwell/essays/politics-english-language1.htm   (1483 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language
In this 1946 essay, Orwell characterizes politics as "a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia," linking "corrupt language" with political conformity.
How do you respond to his characterization of politics, especially his discussion of how certain kinds of language "corrupt" thinking?
If you are hand-writing your essay, please write on every other line, so that you may easily make any necessary corrections when you proofread your essay.
www.bridgewater.edu /WritingCenter/Resources/101in-class11.htm   (1687 words)

  
 Politics and the English Language | A42
Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a
politics." All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies,
language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives
www.a42.com /node/27   (4650 words)

  
 tomgpalmer.com: Politics and the English Language
The text that will provide a kickoff for our discussion is George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language.” Orwell’s insights are useful today, just as they were over fifty years ago.
I am doing a bit of research on Orwell's Politics and the English Language for a graduate assignment.
What he says is basicly that politics has its oun language that makes poor thoughts beautiful.
www.tomgpalmer.com /archives/014532.php   (151 words)

  
 pintday.org: George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
pintday.org: George Orwell: Politics and the English Language
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, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth
They will construct your sentences for you—even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent-and at need they will perform the important service of partially concealing your meaning even from yourself.
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