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    A classic and excellent essay, of course. Much has been said about it, so here’s something that maybe hasn’t:

    Orwell writes about turns of phrase that come so naturally, so reflexively and unthinkingly, that to use them is to surrender control of one’s speech and one’s thought to patterns. He gives examples from his time—

    —but what are some examples from our time? Into what patterns of speech and writing do we fall into reflexively, without thinking? What phrases come to our tongues and typing fingers so easily that we don’t think about them?

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