Magazine
Latest Issue

The art of bad writing

Prospect's best articles on how not to write

By Jess Cotton  

The right word in the wrong order?

In a recent article for Prospect, Michael Billig launched an attack on the academic cult of jargon and obscure writing. Since the publication of Orwell’s seminal 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language,” the principles of good writing have been the subject of much debate. For Orwell, clarity was not simply a matter of “aesthetic enthusiasm” but a political imperative. Bad writing, he argued, was incompatible with good thinking. On the other side of the debate have been thinkers, such…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect