writer of the kind I am discussingno one capable of using phrases like objective consideration of contemporary phenomenawould ever tabulate his thoughts in that precise and detailed way. Where is there a place in this hall of mirrors for either personality or fraternity? Should we just assume that everything politicians say is hot air? That is, the person who uses them has his own private definition, but allows his hearer to think he means something quite different. But then, compiling lists of writing tips is a pleasant work-avoidance strategy for writers, too.
What image or idiom will make it clearer. Examples are : Ring the changes on, take up the cudgels for, toe the line, ride roughshod over, stand shoulder to shoulder with, play into the hands of, no axe to grind, grist to the mill, fishing in troubled waters, Achilles heel, swan song, hotbed. Operators, Or verbal false limbs: These save the trouble of picking out appropriate verbs and nouns, and at the same time pad each sentence with extra syllables which give it an appearance of symmetry. Words of this kind are often used in a consciously dishonest way. Nor, according to Orwell's linguistic xenophobia, is there any excuse for forming new words from Latin or Greek, such as, er, xenophobia.
Lyndon B. Johnsons Sudden Thoughts on Being President, Characteristics of a good reader writer,