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Insincere Words

Posted in Rambling with tags , , on November 10, 2011 by amotings

Merriam-Webster Online has this collection of top ten quotes on words. I really liked this one by Geroge Orwell.

“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

– George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

There is an easy way to state that whatever we know is by means of language and that means words. Imagine, we fooling ourselves and others by using clear language but not meaning them i.e. not believing in them.

When we do not know what to say, and still say something  –  we may end up uttering insincere words. Being aware of oneself helps in speaking only when we need to, and only what we believe in.

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