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George Orwell would be left speechless by education jargon

That great advocate for the use of plain prose would be turning in his grave at the glut of jargon, acronyms and baffling language that teachers have to wade through every day, says Kenneth Primrose

Orwell would be speechless over edu-speak

In 1946, George Orwell published one of his best known essays, Politics and the English Language. In it, he takes aim at the sloppy use of language and the damaging effects this has on thinking. He decries the use of unnecessarily long, foreign or meaningless words, hackneyed metaphors and jargon, saying that these serve only to obscure meaning rather than reveal it (errors I fall foul of daily).

Orwell sees poor language as the product as well as the cause of foolish thinking: “It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it ...

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