Orwell’s pursuit of ‘happyness’

Does the above make you angry?
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Do you even notice what’s the matter with it?
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No?
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Well, this sort of thing makes me cross. It’s a lazy bastardisation of the English language, as annoying for me as someone calling University ‘uni’, or, for a designer, someone using Arial rather than Helvetica. Grr.
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*Gets off soapbox*
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I am an ex-English student, so I am probably more of a spelling nazi than most, as well as a stickler for commas and full stops in their right place.
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Anyway – to get to the meat of this post – I was having a discussion on Friday with Richard, and we were discussing about how Orwell essentially taught himself to write. I don’t think Orwell’s treatise ‘Politics and the English Language’ was brought up.
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Read it here; it should be required reading for anyone who is looking to write professionally/writes run on sentences that last more than 400 words.
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For what it’s worth, I think my writing has become much worse recently – I’m going to make an effort to adopt Orwell’s stance. More short, punchy sentences. Less rambling (disclaimer: unless a post of mine my sparks another thought).
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