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(i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
(ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do.
(iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
(iv) Never use the passive phrase where you can use the active.
(v) Never use a foreign phrase, scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
(vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

--- From "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell

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veloso
Aug. 1st, 2001 08:45 am (UTC)
Other writing tips
(vii) Speak in absolutes, because life always works that way.
(viii) Poetry and prose can always be improved by writing in the style of a technical manual.
(ix) Remember that the best way to write well is to follow formulae.
(x) If you're having fun writing, something is wrong.
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