RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english

Subject: RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 10:30:03 -0400

There are several errors in the paragraph that introduces the list; I find
it hard to believe that came from The Economist.

They include:

- "Thought I will share..." (should be "Thought I would share..." (It's okay
to drop the subject "I" in e-mail, but only in e-mail.)
- "as I found them" (should be "because" I found them)
- "..want to say, then say..." (should be "...want to say, and then say..."
("then" is not a conjunction)
- No comma should come after "mind" in "Keep in mind George...")

Bonnie Granat

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> Subject: Six elementary rules for writing good english
> Hi all,
> George Orwell has captured the essence of good English
> writing in these six
> rules. These are as relevant today as they were during
> Orwell's time.Thought
> I will share these with you as I found them especially applicable to
> technical documentation:
> Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. So
> think what you
> want to say, then say it as simply as possible. Keep in mind, George
> Orwell's six elementary rules ("Politics and the English
> Language", 1946):
> 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 out a word, 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.
> Best
> Raj
> Courtesy: The Economist


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