Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never us a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday (American) equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbaric. --George Orwell