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
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
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.
- A fresh view of George Orwell (salon.com)
- In praise of Orwell (broadstuff.com)
- Orwell’s Rules for Clear Writing (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Writing naked (nakeder than Orwell) (sethgodin.typepad.com)
- First George Orwell Day celebrated (guardian.co.uk)