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English is a language that is constantly evolving and changing with the times Accordingto George Orwell this evolution of the English language is full of bad habits which are spread byimitation and which are leading to the general collapse of English This bad English is caused byvarious mental vices which lead to bad writing that is vague that and lacks precision These mentalvices include the use of dying metaphors pretentious diction and meaningless words Thecombination of these mental vices give Modern English a certain staleness of imagery and lack ofWhile a good metaphor assists an author by evoking a visual image in the readerdyingmetaphors that are too commonly used can lose their vividness For example in an articlefor the Ottawa Citizen Dan Leeth described the landscape of the Grand Canyon as vastemptiness a metaphor that has lost its effect on the reader due to the fact that it is used toofrequently in Modern English Another way that a metaphor can lose its effect on the reader iswhen it is manipulated by the author and twisted out of context For example in another articleRandall Denley speaks of the unions and their kangaroo courts a metaphor that is commonlyused without any knowledge of its meaning In another article metaphors like His voicethunders and taken the theater scene by storm are too frequently used just because theauthor lacks the imagination to make one up for himself a common problem in Modern EnglishThe use of dying metaphors could be avoided if writers would just take the time and trouble tomake up a new metaphor for themselvesThe use of pretentious diction is probably the most prevalent mental vice used in writingstoday Author feel the need to dress up simple statements with unnecessary words to make theirsentences appear more intelligent The deserted house of worship now serves as a memorial tofutile efforts The author of this work used pretentious words such a futile in an attempt todress up his sentence but
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