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George Orwell’s six elementary rules and my style guide

Keep it simple! Use George Orwell’s six elementary rules (“Politics and the English Language,” 1946):

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.


(source: grammarly)


My Personal Style Guide


Quotes    double for speech and quotes, single for within quotes. Single quotes are also used for words that are quoted slang or invented.

Dates    24th October 2013, 10:36AM GMT.

Abbreviations  ⟶  write out full name University of the Arts London (UAL) then abbreviate to UAL the rest of the way through.

Caps    no caps for job titles.

Italics    for book and film titles.

Bold    for headings and titles and occasional emphasis.

Names    Olivia Broome, then Broome.

Colons    for lists and introductions.

Dashes    for use as replacing commas, colons and semi-colons.

Semi-colons    when appropriate in writing but used sparingly.

Per cent    used with the symbol %

Special characters    for embroidery purposes and fun.

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