The Banned List: A Manifesto Against Jargon and Cliche


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Leonardo da VinciBad English, as George Orwell argued so eloquently over 60 years ago, is a sign of laziness, sloppy thought or insincerity. Yet why is it then that so many of us remain in thrall to clich?s, stale idioms and empty phrases when it comes to expressing ourselves? Jargon and clich?s are undoubtedly alluring: they are quick, easy and (we like to think) they make us look like we know what we're talking about. They help us fit in with others who use the same language. The trouble is that all too often they become a short-cut for saying nothing very much - concealing meaning rather than communicating it. John Rentoul examines how poor writing and a reliance read more

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ISBN:

9781742704302

Format:

Hardback

Pages:

112

Dimensions:

18cm x 12cm

RRP:

$19.99

Category:

Fiction , Non-Fiction

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Books

Published:

01 July 2012

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Rentoul