These rules sound elementary, and so they are, but they demand a deep change of attitude in anyone who has grown used to writing in the style now fashionable.
- George Orwell


  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 a word out, always cut it out.


  1. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

  2. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

  3. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.