Happy Independence day to everyone here in the US! Today, I wrap up my four part communication series based on the excellent book Words that Work by Frank Luntz with this selection where Luntz quotes the famous novelist George Orwell.
George Orwell language rules:
1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
Not a bad list for those of us who work on ‘sermons’ each week!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts. Again, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Dr. Luntz’ book. You can order it here through Amazon.com.
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