Professor Hogben 2 plays ducks and drakes with a battery which is able to write prescriptions, and, while disapproving of the everyday phrase put up with, is unwilling to look egregious up in the dictionary and see what it means; 3if one takes an uncharitable attitude towards it, is simply meaningless: probably one could work out its intended meaning by reading the whole of the article in which it occurs.
The main problems apart from the ugliness which could have been avoided with some attention, Orwell notes there are two — staleness of imagery and lack of precision. Probably it is better to put off using words as long as possible and get one's meaning as clear as one can through pictures and sensations.
When a dummy speaks from some platform, he repeats these phrases mechanically. Orwell is again concerned for the lack of originality and compares these passages with a pre-planned henhouse. To call these meaningless words may seem like pure irony; but this tone is essential to Orwell's politics.
Consider for instance some comfortable English professor defending Russian totalitarianism. In this essay we found three examples of negative connotative diction.
A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details. Do not use a foreign phrase or a scientific word or jargon if you can think of an English substitute.
Between these two classes there is another class of worn out or dying metaphors. The point is that the process is reversible.
He compares the decay with a chain reaction.