Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Orwell Watch

In "Politics and the English Language," perhaps the greatest evisceration of political hack writing ever published, George Orwell notes that 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 squirting out ink."

So, how about using a tired old cliche to accuse your political opponents of—wait for it—cliche? That's the cue for our friend Rush Limbaugh, who was so eager to smear "these libs who are going half cocked on clichés," that he forgot to turn on his unintended-irony scanner (yet again).

Just thinking of all the essays on boilerplate and intellectual insincerity we're now missing because Orwell didn't live long enough to hear El Rushmo boggles the mind. It's funny how close Orwell's cuttlefish image comes to how I imagine Rush in my mind—only it's not ink he's spewing.
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