What is above all needed is to let the meaning choose the word, and not the other way around.

George Orwell

But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

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


you know bill clinton is vegan now? i like to imagine the fdr-king george hot dog dinner except it’s bill clinton who has invited president george w bush over for hot dogs but they’re really tofu pups. george w bush biting cautiously into a tofu pup for the first time. did he put ketchup on it?? bill clinton leans in, smiling, “do you like it, george,” hand on thigh, george announces around mouthful of tofu pup and bun: “this is cool”

This is fantastic.