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English is a language that is constantly evolving and changing with the times According to George Orwell this evolution of the English language is full of bad habits which are spread by imitation and which are leading to the general collapse of English This bad English is caused by various mental vices which lead to bad writing that is vague that and lacks precision These mental vices include the use of dying metaphors pretentious diction and meaningless words The combination of these mental vices give Modern English a certain staleness of imagery and lack of clarity While a good metaphor assists an author by evoking a visual image in the reader dyingmetaphors that are too commonly used can lose their vividness For example in an article for the Ottawa Citizen Dan Leeth described the landscape of the Grand Canyon as vast emptiness a metaphor that has lost its effect on the reader due to the fact that it is used too frequently in Modern English Another way that a metaphor can lose its effect on the reader is when it is manipulated by the author and twisted out of context For example in another article Randall Denley speaks of the unions and their kangaroo courts a metaphor that is commonly used without any knowledge of its meaning In another article metaphors like His voice thunders and taken the theater scene by storm are too frequently used just because the author lacks the imagination to make one up for himself a common problem in Modern English The use of dying metaphors could be avoided if writers would just take the time and trouble to make up a new metaphor for themselves The use of pretentious diction is probably the most prevalent mental vice used in writings today Author feel the need to dress up simple statements with unnecessary words to make their sentences appear more intelligent The deserted house of worship now
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