Books vs. Cigarettes. This material remains under copyright and is reproduced by kind permission of the Orwell Estate and Penguin Books. A couple of years ago a friend of mine, a newspaper editor, was firewatching with some factory workers.
In “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell argues against the common belief that language grows with and adapts to the changing times, there being nothing any individual can do about it. He explains that the decline of the English language comes from a never ending cycle of foolish thoughts giving way to sloppy writing, which.