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Politics and the English Language

By Orwell, George

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Title: Politics and the English Language  
Author: Orwell, George
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Politics and the English Language 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. Our civilization is decadent, and our language ? so the argument runs ? must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half?conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

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Table of Contents: Politics and the English Language, 1 -- George Orwell, 1 -- Politics and the English Language, 1 -- Shooting an Elephant, 8


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