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If George Orwell author of Politics and the English Language read TomVerduccis essay Three Dimensional he would argue with Tom Verdiccis styleTom Verdicci breaks several of Orwells rules The rules broken are 1 Neveruse a long word where a short one will do 2 Never use a foreign phrasescientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday EnglishequivalentThe first rule broken is Never use a long word where a short one will doVerdicci tends to puzzle the reader by using words such as captaincycrispness deficiencies and competent Orwell states A scrupulous writer inevery sentence that he writes will ask himself at least four questions thusWhat am I trying to say What words will express it What image or idiom willmake it clearer Is this image fresh enough to have an effect In each sentencewhich Tom Verducci has used these words it seems like he didnt bother askinghimself these four simple questions Consequently Tom Verducci has broken oneof Orwells rulesVerducci goes on to break a second rule which states Never use a foreignphrase scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday Englishequivalent For example in his essay there is a passage written in foreignlanguage that states Blue Jays first baseman hits like a bouncer but schmoozeslike a maitre d This phrase relates to another rule of Orwells Orwellstates In certain kinds of writing particularly in art criticism and literacycriticism it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completelylacking of meaning Thus this phrase is a prime example which breaks Orwellsrules in two waysOverall the essay written by Tom Verducci is well done But to George Orwellsexpectations it is breaking several of his rules Both readers agree on thefact that asking themselves a question which is Have I said anything that isavoidably ugly is agreed upon Tom Verducci has not said something which isugly in his essay Also Verducci has not broken the rule of
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