July 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
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The first requirement of The Economist is that it should be readily understandable. Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. So think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible. Keep in mind George Orwell’s six elementary rules (“Politics and the English Language”, 1946):
- Never use a Metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do (see Short words).
- If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out (see Unnecessary words).
- Never use the Passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a Jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous (seeIconoclasm).
Read the full Style Guide introduction.
Readers are primarily interested in what you have to say. By the way in which you say it you may encourage them either to read on or to give up. If you want them to read on:
Do not be stuffy. “To write a genuine, familiar or truly English style”, said Hazlitt, “is to write as anyone would speak in common conversation who had a thorough command or choice of words or who could discourse with ease, force and perspicuity setting aside all pedantic and oratorical flourishes.”
Use the language of everyday speech, not that of spokesmen, lawyers or bureaucrats (so prefer let to permit, people to persons, buy to purchase, colleague to peer, way outto exit, present to gift, rich to wealthy, show to demonstrate, break to violate). Pomposity and long-windedness tend to obscure meaning, or reveal the lack of it: strip them away in favour of plain words.
Do not be hectoring or arrogant. Those who disagree with you are not necessarily stupidor insane. Nobody needs to be described as silly: let your analysis show that he is. When you express opinions, do not simply make assertions. The aim is not just to tell readers what you think, but to persuade them; if you use arguments, reasoning and evidence, you may succeed. Go easy on the oughts and shoulds.
Do not be too pleased with yourself. Don’t boast of your own cleverness by telling readers that you correctly predicted something or that you have a scoop. You are more likely to bore or irritate them than to impress them.
Do not be too chatty. Surprise, surprise is more irritating than informative. So is Ho, hoand, in the middle of a sentence, wait for it, etc.
Do not be too didactic. If too many sentences begin Compare, Consider, Expect,Imagine, Look at, Note, Prepare for, Remember or Take, readers will think they are reading a textbook (or, indeed, a style book). This may not be the way to persuade them to renew their subscriptions.
Do your best to be lucid (“I see but one rule: to be clear”, Stendhal). Simple sentences help. Keep complicated constructions and gimmicks to a minimum, if necessary by remembering the New Yorker‘s comment: “Backward ran the sentences until reeled the mind.”
The following letter from a reader may be chastening:
SIR—At times just one sentence in The Economist can give us hours of enjoyment, such as “Yet German diplomats in Belgrade failed to persuade their government that it was wrong to think that the threat of international recognition of Croatia and Slovenia would itself deter Serbia.”
During my many years as a reader of your newspaper, I have distilled two lessons about the use of our language. Firstly, it is usually easier to write a double negative than it is to interpret it. Secondly, unless the description of an event which is considered to be not without consequence includes a double or higher-order negative, then it cannot be disproven that the writer has neglected to eliminate other interpretations of the event which are not satisfactory in light of other possibly not unrelated events which might not have occurred at all.
For these reasons, I have not neglected your timely reminder that I ought not to let my subscription lapse. It certainly cannot be said that I am an unhappy reader.
Mark Twain described how a good writer treats sentences: “At times he may indulge himself with a long one, but he will make sure there are no folds in it, no vaguenesses, no parenthetical interruptions of its view as a whole; when he has done with it, it won’t be a sea-serpent with half of its arches under the water; it will be a torch-light procession.”
Long paragraphs, like long sentences, can confuse the reader. “The paragraph”, according to Fowler, “is essentially a unit of thought, not of length; it must be homogeneous in subject matter and sequential in treatment.” One-sentence paragraphs should be used only occasionally.
Clear thinking is the key to clear writing. “A scrupulous writer”, observed Orwell, “in every sentence that he writes will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?”
Scrupulous writers will also notice that their copy is edited only lightly and is likely to be used. It may even be read.
April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
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15 November 1979
★ Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost) (Tommy Trash Version) – The Aston Shuffle, Tommy Trash
★ Reload – Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, John Martin
★ Celebrate (Tommy Trash Club Remix) – Tommy Trash & Empire Of The Sun
★ Cascade – Tommy Trash
★ Higher (Tommy Trash Remix) – Tommy Trash, Destructo
★ Monkey In Love – Tommy Trash
★ Slumber (Tommy Trash Remix) – Steve Forte Rio, Linsey Ray, Tommy Trash
★ Ladi Dadi feat. Wynter Gordon (Tommy Trash Remix) – Steve Aoki
★ Antidote (Tommy Trash Remix) – Swedish House Mafia
December 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
★★★★★ Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash – Reload
Been a while since the release but can’t stop listening to it over and over again.
★★★★ Marcus Schössow, Mike Hawkins, Pablo Oliveros – Ulysses
★★★★ twoloud – Traffic (Tiësto Edit)
I love the classic trance synthesizer with just right amount of reverb. Driving on a highway while listening to this one would be awesome.
★★★★ Starkillers & Inpetto – Game Over (Original Mix)
It takes time to reach the climax but it’s always worth a wait if there’s a great build-up like this one. Nice mix of progressive house and trap house.
★★★ Swanky Tunes – Jump Shout Make It Loud (Original Mix)
This track could blend in well with Hard Rock Sofa’s Rasputin.
★★★★ ZIGGY & Dave Till – Venom
A climax with tribal sound and powerful synthesizer build-up. 2013’s perfect recipe for a hit track.
★★★ Fatboy Slim VS Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan – Eat Sleep Rave Repeat ( Tomorrowland Mix)
Just like the title. EAT, SLEEP, RAVE, REPEAT. Period.
★★★ Paris Blohm – Free Fall (Original Mix)
Such a great progression… Might JUST be able to feel the zero-gravity at around… err,, wait. 1/2 bottle of vodka :p
★★★★ GLOWINTHEDARK ft. Chuckie – NRG
Classic Chuckie climax! LIKE!
★★★★ Mystique – Pull Up
Cool upbeat-happy-never-fail track. It’d go well with the Partysquad’s Pullup 2012 (feat. Punish) when mixed in.
★★★ Yves V ft. Paul Aiden – Sonica (Running On A Highway) [Club Mix]
The original version was a bit soft for my taste, but the club mix is awesome. I feel like running like crazy when the climax drops 🙂 Reminds of the first time I heard Dada Life’s Kick Out The Epic Motherfu**ker.
★★★ Dada Life – This Machine Kills Ravers
Heavy synth and Martin Garrix-like drop. Makes me wanna punch something really hard.
★★★ Victor Niglio – Jiggy (feat. Mr. Man) [VIP]
Sounds like Dillon Francis gone completely drunk.
★★★ Diplo – Biggie Bounce (feat. Angger Dimas & Travis Porter)
SHAKE, SHAKE and SHAKE some MOAR!
★★★ Qulinez – Bamf (Original Mix)
It’s been almost a year since the release but it still sounds pumping. HARD.
★★★ Marco V – Sunset BLVD
A fine-tuned quality progressive house.
November 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
★★★★★ Let Me Hear You Scream – Hard Rock Sofa & Skidka
HRS never disappoints. Can’t wait.
★★★★★ Revolution – R3hab, NERVO, Ummet Ozcan
Been waiting for this track for more than 5 months and,, finally they’ve done it. CRAZY!
★★★★ Neon (Ummet Ozcan Remix) – Sander Van Doorn
★★★ Yves V – Umami
I’m keeping my eyes on Yves V. It definitely is NOT another rip-off of Tsunami. I’ve listened to his remixes with other big names and he’s making his way up!
★★★★ Animals (Victor Niglio & Martin Garrix Festival Trap Mix) – Martin Garrix
Makes me wanna stomp and jump.
★★★ Flute – New World Sound & Thomas Newson
Sounds a bit like Tsunami by DVBBS & Borgeous when it builds up, but it will do the job.
★★★★ Tsunami (Blasterjaxx Seismograph ReFixx) – DVBBS & Borgeous
DVBBS and Borgeous swept the EDM scene with a single track this summer. With Blasterjaxx’s magic, Tsunami’s going to blow the clubs this winter as well.
★★★★ Booty Bounce (feat. DJ Funk) – GTA
★★★ Epic – Sandro Silva & Quintino
A classic from 2011. Only if they’d released it two more years later…
November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
★★★★★ Ringo – Joris Voorn
★★★★★ If You Want – Mord Fustang
★★★★★ Isis (Magic Carpet Ride) feat. Egyptian Lover – Hot Natured
★★★★ Play It Again – Autoerotique
★★★★ Get Ready (Steve Aoki Remix) – 2 Unlimited
★★★ Countdown – Hardwell & MAKJ
★★★ Madness feat. Lil jon (Yves V Remix) – dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone
★★★ Boy Oh Boy – Diplo & GTA
★★★ Diamonds (Flaxo Stadium Remix) – Rihanna
★★★★ #PantsDown – The Partysquad & Mitchell Niemeyer
★★★ Groovejet (Andrey Exx & Fomichev Remix) – Lissat & Voltaxx V Marc Fisher
October 27, 2013 § 1 Comment
★★★★★ Marcus Schossow – Reverie (Michael Calfan Remix)
★★★★ Hard Rock Sofa – Rasputin
★★★★ INPETTO – Girls & Boys
★★★★ DVBBS & Borgeous – TSUNAMI
★★★ Wayne & Woods V Henrix – Jumangee
★★★★ Borgore – Wild Out (Feat. Waka Flocka Flame & Paige)
★★★ Skrillex V Alvin Risk – Try It Out (NEON Mix)
★★★ Carnage & Borgore – Incredible
★★★ Dino & Daddy’s Grove – Walking On Air
★★★ Knife Party – Power Glove
★★★ Style of Eye – After Dark
★★ Michael Woods – Clanga
★★★ Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway – Error 404
★★★ Skitzophrenix – Clap
★★ The Bloody Beetroots feat. TAI & Bart B More – Spank (Dyro Edit)
★★★ Stuart Mclellan – Downtime
★★★★ Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex “Goin’ Hard’ Mix)
★★★ Ran-D V Villain – X (XXlerator Anthem)
★★★ Sander Van Doorn – Joyenergizer
★★★ Ran-D, Adaro, Alpha^2 & E-Force a.k.a. A^2 Allstarts – The Resistance
★★★ Hardwell V Martin Garrix, Bassjackers & Sidney Samson – Animals (Tredsetter Festival TRAP Remix)
January 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
Wow. This is so Minority Report. It’s so futuristic! I was amazed when it turned into a built-in blinds. Technology is indeed marvellous. The YouTube page had top comments about thieves and kids that make this a pointless promotional tech, but I reckon it’s irrelevant because for those ‘wealthy’ early-adaptors living in a chic apartment with this future gadget won’t have any children. Haha. When they do plan to have children, they’ll leave the city and become a part of a peaceful suburban community where a family oriented lifestyle with a lot of conversation between its members is much appreciated. Or else, they won’t have any money left to afford and enjoy the true potential of such products. Anyway, this is something. But I don’t want it so bad. Not because it’s extravagant but I just don’t see a point of having this at home unless I’m some sort of a big-shot professional with a workaholic lifestyle. Hmm, wait, may be I do. If I would become that kind of person who can afford and more importantly, understand its utilisable functions that can aid my personal and professional life, I would’ve worked very very hard for the money to buy this kind of stuff in the house in the first place. And yes, the money has to come first before. That’s so sad. Or, looking on the bright side (almost), may be I just want to become that person who can spend i.e. the one with an option not to purchase in spite of a sizeable surplus in the bank account. Haha. Enough of daydreaming for today. Anyway, this thing surely is cool as a frosty window. #