George Orwell’s Essay “Politics and the English Language”

Why and how does Orwell come to that conclusion? Do you agree or disagree with Orwell’s argument? If you agree, why? If you do not agree, why not?

In George Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language,” Orwell asserts that the English language of his time is “full of bad habits” that contribute to unclear thinking. He also claims that “[The English language] becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts…if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” What are the factors that lead Orwell to make this assertion?