Dec 8, 2011

Politics and the English Language

If anyone can freak you out it's George Orwell.  Not because "big brother" might be looking over our shoulder from the shadows, but because our political leadership in the U.S. so often embodies his following words (one of my golden rules of blogging is to stay clear of partisan political commentary, so I'll let you draw your own conclusions from this):

"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.  When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink."
-- George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Does any of this remind you of rhetoric being spouted by certain residents in a certain city named after a certain first president?  Enough said.