Finding the Right Word

My son started college classes again yesterday.  For one class he was to read a nine page essay by George Orwell on the decline of the English language, which he shared with me.  It was interesting to relate Orwell’s points to fiction writing and specifically to revision. Much of what Orwell said could be summed up in this quote I read today…

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.” –C. S. Lewis

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