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    I've seen worse. SuperModerator ColoradoGuy's Avatar
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    George Orwell on language

    "Good prose is like a pane of glass," wrote Orwell -- the author is on one side of the pane of language, the reader is on the other. The clearer the prose, the clearer the connection between author and reader. Post-modernists think this notion is quaint. They find the language glass to be at best translucent, sometimes entirely opaque, and sometimes even a mirror reflecting back the image of the reader.

    Though Orwell's pane-of-glass simile is often quoted, he admits himself in the same essay that language is never neutral; it always carries political baggage of some sort. It's a short essay, and worth reading.
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