That the German, Russian and Italian languages have all deteriorated in the last ten or fifteen years, as a result of dictatorship. But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. When joining a group of itinerant hop pickers he is explicitly repelled by the personal characteristics of a Jew to whom he cannot bear even to give a name, characteristics which he somehow manages to identify as Jewish. When you think of something abstract you are more inclined to use words from the start, and unless you make a conscious effort to prevent it, the existing dialect will come rushing in and do the job for you, at the expense of blurring or even changing your meaning. He is unsparing about the sheer stupidity and dirtiness of so many of the proletarian families with whom he lodges, and is sometimes condescending about the extreme limitations of their education and imagination. The failure of The Road to Wigan Pier was partly attributable to a successful Communist campaign to defame it (and him) for saying that the working classes smell. Probably, therefore, he will say something like this: While freely conceding that the Soviet regime exhibits certain features which the humanitarian may be inclined to deplore, we must, I think, agree that a certain curtailment of the right to political opposition is an unavoidable concomitant of transitional periods, and that the rigors which the Russian people have been called upon to undergo have been amply justified in the sphere of concrete achievement.
The inflated style itself is a kind of euphemism. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It will be seen that I have not made a full translation. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. What am I trying to say? Probably one could work out its intended meaning by reading the whole of the article in which it occurs. The sole aim of a metaphor is to call up a visual image. Only they are not so simple, and through this contented sadness runs more than the surface bitter-sweet of resignation. ( Poetry Quarterly. ) [ ]3) One can cure oneself of the not un- formation by memorizing this sentence: A not unblack dog was chasing a not unsmall rabbit across a not ungreen field. [ ]____BD____
Politics and the English Language
First published: Horizon. Paul s, which I had not seen before. There is one vivid example, but it has more to do with another element of Newspeak: He himself seems to have thought that the exigencies of poverty, ill health, and overwork were degrading him from being the serious writer he might have been and had reduced him to the status of a drudge and pamphleteer. It is probably due to an instinctive turning-awayfrom the more homely word and a vague feeling that the Greek word is scientific. [ ]2) Example: Comfort's catholicity of perception and image, strangely Whitmanesque in range, almost the exact opposite in aesthetic compulsion, continues to evoke that trembling atmospheric accumulative hinting at a cruel, an inexorably serene timelessness. It would be rather difficult to deduce, for example, that it was during his sojourn in Morocco in 1938 39 that Orwell composed the novel Coming Up for Air. This short and haunting work involves an evocation of a lost bucolic England set in the barely imaginable years before the drama of the First World War. In (4), the writer knows more or less what he wants to say, but an accumulation of stale phrases chokes him like tea leaves blocking a sink.
Is now used everywhere to mean any kind of attack on anything Blitz Paul s, barely chipped, standing out like a rock. All the best people He cannot say outright, I believe in killing off your opponents when you can get good results by doing so. This is a guess which I have not sufficient knowledge to verify This last effort of the mind cuts out all stale or mixed images, all prefabricated phrases, needless repetitions, and humbug and vagueness generally. Stuart Chase and others have come near to claiming that all abstract words are meaningless, and have used this as a pretext for advocating a kind of political quietism. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better. Dissolve into the vague phrases success or failure in competitive activities. I am not, indeed, sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien [sic] to the founder of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate. 2. But they are not interested in the detail of what they are saying. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. George orwell s essay.