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Writing a Brief the George Orwell Way


Wayne Schiess


University of Texas School of Law


Appellate Advocate: State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Vol. 14, p. 6, Spring 2001

Abstract:     
This pieces applies Orwell's rules for writing to appellate briefs:

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

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Date posted: January 7, 2009  

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Schiess, Wayne, Writing a Brief the George Orwell Way. Appellate Advocate: State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Vol. 14, p. 6, Spring 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1324115

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University of Texas School of Law ( email )
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Austin, TX 78705
United States
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