i. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
ii. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
iii. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
iv. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
v. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
vi. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous."
- George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language” (1946)
|I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody;|
|I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life;|
|I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map;|
|I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material;|
|I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;|
|I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready.|