"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 word 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."

- George Orwell
No, not that Lewis


Photo credit: Library of Congress.

Dale Nelson sends this link from Sacnoth's Scriptorium, discussing J. R. R. Tolkien's familiarity with, and appreciation of, Minnesota-born author Sinclair Lewis. "...Tolkien immediately segues into saying that he is now inclined to think that the word hobbit owes something to Lewis's BABBITT."

Minnesota -- an inexhaustible font of inspiration.

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