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The art of bad writing

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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 as…

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