Key Insights From:
Politics and the English Language
- Language is a natural growth, but that doesn’t mean that the growth can’t be redirected through conscious effort.
- Vagaries and stale metaphors plague professional writing in numerous fields.
- Dying metaphors, meaningless filler words, and pretentious vocabulary are common ways to evade the hard work of writing good prose.
- We use hackneyed phrases, dying metaphors and vague language to avoid the hard work of thinking.
- Politicians surrender their humanity when they mechanically churn out clichés that no longer mean anything.
- The arch nemesis of clarity is insincerity.
- By changing the way we write and rejecting the popular style, English and politics may become clearer.