Rumours of my death were greatly exaggerated

“Its been a long time”, said the actress to the bishop. It’s also been a long time since I posted on here. A real breaking bad journey, more to follow … …

The first requirement of your ccriticalfriend is that I should be readily understandable and relatable. Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. So I think of what I want to say, then say it as simply as possible. It helps if I keep in mind George Orwell’s six elementary rules (“Politics and the English Language”, 1946):

  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 (see Short words).
  3. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out (see Unnecessary words).
  4. Never use the Passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a Jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous (see Iconoclasm).

See you soon … …

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