Flashcards in Pre Rec Deck (60):
An idea of term considered apart from some material basis or object
To render physically insensible, as by an anesthetic
The use of what is archaic, as in literature and art
A particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned
Shutting out all others from a part or share
Of little or no weight, worth, or importance, not worthy of serous notice
Commonly used, followed, observed; as by a particular person; customary
To drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constraint to action
Not attentive; heedless
Not clearly defined or determined; not precise or accurate
The language especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group
To subdue by force
A poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty
The state or quality of being precise
Characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, especially when exaggerated or underserved
The state or act of recreating or reconstituted
Expressive of or appealing to sentiment, especially the tender emotions and feelings, as love, pity, or nostalgia
Untidy or unclean in appearance or habits
A particular or pellicular kind of person
Unnecessary or needless
To put or arrange in a tabular, systematic, or condensed form,
Indefinite or instinctive in nature or character, as ideas or feelings
an immoral or evil habit or practice
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print
Never use a long word where a short word will due
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out
Never use the passive where you can use the active
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent
Break any if these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous
It follows any struggle against the abuse of sentimental _______, like preferring candles to electric lighter hansom cabs to aeroplanes
But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on _______.
It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the ______ of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.
If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary step towards political ______.
:so that the fight against bad english is not ______ and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers
Meanwhile, here are five ______ of the English Language as it is now ________ written.
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'
The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of ______
The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he _________ says something else
This mixture of ______ and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of ay kind of political writing
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
I list below with notes and examples, various of the tricks by means of which the work of prose-construction is ______ dodged
Are used to dress up a simple statement and give an air of scientific impartiality to ______ judgments
while writing that aims at glorifying war usually takes on a _______ color
The ______ peculiar to Marxist writing
The result, in general, is an increase in _______ and ______.
Slovenliness and vagueness
if words like black and white were involved, instead of the _______ words dead and living,
This is a _____, but a very gross one
would ever _____ his thoughts in that precise and detailed way
it is natural to fall into a _______, Latinized style
One of these is ____, making the nonsense of the whole passage
making further nonsense, and several avoidable pieces of clumsiness which increase the general ______
Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question begging, and sheer cloudy _______.
the huts set on fire with in cinerary bullets: this is called ______
the author told me he 'felt ____' to write it
and every such phrase _______ a portion of one's brain
to drive out a foreign phrase and strayed scientific words, and, in general, to make _______ unfashionable.
To begin it has nothing to do with _______.
When you think of something ______ you are more inclined to use words from the start
This last effort of the minds cuts out all stale or mixed images, all prefabricated phrases, needless reputations, and humbug and ______ generally