Writing a Brief the George Orwell Way
University of Texas School of Law
Appellate Advocate: State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report, Vol. 14, p. 6, Spring 2001
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.
Date posted: January 7, 2009