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Abstract

An idea of term considered apart from some material basis or object

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Anesthetize

To render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic

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Archaism

The use of what is archaic, as in literature and art

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Bias

A particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned

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Exclusive

Shutting out all others from a part or share

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Frivolous

Of little or no weight, worth, or importance, not worthy of serous notice

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Habitually

Commonly used, followed, observed; as by a particular person; customary

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Impel

To drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constraint to action

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Inadvertently

Not attentive; heedless

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indefinitely

Not clearly defined or determined; not precise or accurate

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jargon

The language especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group

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Pacification

To subdue by force

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Parody

A poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty

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Precision

The state or quality of being precise

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Pretentious

Characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or underserved

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Regeneration

The state or act of recreating or reconstituted

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Sentimental

Expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia

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Slovenliness

Untidy or unclean in appearance or habits

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Specimens

A particular or pellicular kind of person

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Superfluous

Unnecessary or needless

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Tabulate

To put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form,

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Vagueness

Indefinite or instinctive in nature or character, as ideas or feelings

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Vices

an immoral or evil habit or practice

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Rule one

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print

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Rule two

Never use a long word where a short word will due

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Rule three

If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out

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Rule four

Never use the passive where you can use the active

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Rule five

Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent

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Rule six

Break any if these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous

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It follows any struggle against the abuse of sentimental _______, like preferring candles to electric lighter hansom cabs to aeroplanes

Archaism

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But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on _______.

Indefinitely

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It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the ______ of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.

Slovenliness

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If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary step towards political ______.

Regeneration

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:so that the fight against bad english is not ______ and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers

Frivolous

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Meanwhile, here are five ______ of the English Language as it is now ________ written.

Specimens
Habitually

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A virile new Britain cannot continue ______ to be traduced in the eyes or rather ears, of the world by the effete languors of Langham Place, brazenly masquerading as 'standard english'

Indefinitely

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The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of ______

Precision

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The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he _________ says something else

Inadvertently

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This mixture of ______ and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of ay kind of political writing

Vagueness

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As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the ______ and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed

Abstract

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I list below with notes and examples, various of the tricks by means of which the work of prose-construction is ______ dodged

Habitually

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Are used to dress up a simple statement and give an air of scientific impartiality to ______ judgments

Biased

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while writing that aims at glorifying war usually takes on a _______ color

Archaic

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The ______ peculiar to Marxist writing

Jargon

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The result, in general, is an increase in _______ and ______.

Slovenliness and vagueness

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if words like black and white were involved, instead of the _______ words dead and living,

Jargon

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This is a _____, but a very gross one

Parody

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would ever _____ his thoughts in that precise and detailed way

Tabulate

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it is natural to fall into a _______, Latinized style

Pretentious

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One of these is ____, making the nonsense of the whole passage

Superfluous

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making further nonsense, and several avoidable pieces of clumsiness which increase the general ______

Vagueness

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Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question begging, and sheer cloudy _______.

Vagueness

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the huts set on fire with in cinerary bullets: this is called ______

Pacification

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the author told me he 'felt ____' to write it

Impelled`

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and every such phrase _______ a portion of one's brain

anesthetizes

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to drive out a foreign phrase and strayed scientific words, and, in general, to make _______ unfashionable.

Pretentious

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To begin it has nothing to do with _______.

Archaism

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When you think of something ______ you are more inclined to use words from the start

Abstract

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This last effort of the minds cuts out all stale or mixed images, all prefabricated phrases, needless reputations, and humbug and ______ generally

Vagueness

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Trey Gardiner scores by aiming at simple bull's-eyes with _______.

Precision