I am looking for a place to jot down some thoughts as they occur to me and hopefully improve the clarity of my writing. I have just read George Orwell's essay on the English language in politics. He makes some excellent points and summarises with: (i) Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. (ii) Never use a long word where a short one will do. (iii) If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. (iv) Never use the passive where you can use the active. (v) Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent. (vi) Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous. I agree with all of these, however, I do not understand the last point. What does he mean by barbarous? Is it not barbaric? So I will just have to accept that last instruction and see if it can be usefully applied in the future.