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photograph of George Orwell
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A not unblack dog was chasing a not unsmall rabbit across a not ungreen field. An example of unnecessarily redundant and obfuscating language, from a man who studied such usage.

Perhaps this could be termed Orwell's dog. In a footnote to his classic essay, “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell notes that, “One can cure oneself of the not un- formation by memorizing this sentence.”reference 1



1. Orwell, George. 1946. Politics and the English Language. In In Front of Your Nose, 1945-1950, edited by I. S. O. Angus. Boston: David R Godine.


About the illustration: This picture of George Orwell is in the public domain because its copyright has expired and its author is anonymous.
see also: black dog Last updated: April 15, 2008
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