Critizing Essay

499 WordsSep 16, 20142 Pages
Orwell states how the English language continues to become “ugly and inaccurate”. He recognizes bad writing habits and argues that writers need to get rid of these habits and think more clearly of what they are saying. Orwell offers six rules which can help avoid most of the errors in poor writing. In Brenda Chow’s essay, The Writer at Work, she breaks many of the six rules that are written to avoid the decline of our English language. Chow breaks the following three rules: never use a long word when a short one will do, never use a simile, metaphor, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print, and never use a foreign phrase, a scientific or jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. By breaking these rules, Brenda Chow’s essay becomes harder to read and understand. Throughout her writing, Chow uses longer and more complicated words when a short and simply word will do. The rule never use a long world when a short one will do is saying that it is fine to use a small, simple word instead of a more complicated word. People think that using longer, complicated words will make the essay sound smarter and more sophisticated but sometimes it can have the opposite effect. Long words do not make you sound smarter unless they are used in the proper context. They are also harder to understand and can be more awkward to read. Putting a bunch of hard words in an essay can confuse the reader and they can lose interest in the writing. Chow breaks this rule when she says “I must play the medic, grimly making sharp, clean cuts to sever the gangrenous flesh” (Chow 41). She uses the word gangrenous to describe flesh. Very few readers know what gangrenous means and it makes it hard to understand what Chow is trying to say. Chow uses the word to sound more intelligent but it is not effective because it confuses the reader. She has the option to

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