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Politics and the English Language

Politics and the English Language George Orwell, 1946 The decline of a language has political and economic causes. A man may drink because he feels to be a failure, then fail more because he drinks. The same thing happens to the English language. It becomes inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish. Modern English is full of bad habits spread by imitation, which can be avoided if willing to take the trouble. Here are two specimens of the English language as it is now habitually written.  1.       I am not sure whether it is not true to say that the Milton who once seemed not unlike a seventeenth-century Shelley had not become, out of an experience ever more bitter in each year, more alien [sic] to the founder of that Jesuit sect which nothing could induce him to tolerate.  Professor Harold Laski, Essay in  Freedom of Expression 2.       Above all, we cannot play ducks and drakes with a native battery of idioms which prescribes egregious collocations of vocables as t

MH Awareness Week: How you can help those struggling

Over the past few years, mental health has been a rising issue. The illness has no limits; it targets both genders, all ages under every circumstance. This week marks mental health awareness week, but it’s an illness that we should be aware of all year round. Katie, 19, accounting student at Liverpool John Moore's said “I have struggled with multiple mental health disorders since I was 16. It’s only recently that its become something I don’t feel ashamed of but for a long time people were scared to talk about mental health, it was like it was taboo or something” Mental health needs to be taken as seriously as physical health. Nobody is weak for asking for help. Tom, 23 mechanical engineer from Bradford said “I feel like my friends still don’t understand. Especially because I’m a guy. It can be hard to not feel so alone sometimes” So how can you help someone that might be struggling? 1) Know the signs. Be aware of those around you.   Question when