When words lead to doing nothing
George Orwell wrote an essay in 1946 in which he lamented the decline of the English Language. He put the blame on politicians, accusing them of insincerity, vagueness, incompetence and being non-commital. In the essay, “Politics and the English Language”, Orwell argued that the modern written language was “full of staleness of imagery and lack of precision. ... The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is indifferent as to whether his words mean anything or not.” He lamented that one could not find a “fresh, vivid, home-made turn of speech” and that the style was inflated.