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Descending from a rich lineage of SNOOTery, Wallace defines his kind “as somebody who knows what dysphemism means and doesn’t mind letting you know it”.
His mother brought him and his older sister, Marjorie, to England about a year after his birth and settled in Henley-on-Thames.And even after that, the pair never formed a strong bond. According to one biography, Orwell's first word was "beastly." He was a sick child, often battling bronchitis and the flu.Orwell was bit by the writing bug at an early age, reportedly composing his first poem around the age of four.Poets and poems are clearly not the target here: Orwell may not, as Poole (rather disingenuously) points out, have liked the , but he didn’t suggest that they would be improved had Eliot written them before a blown-up poster of the writing tips with which “Politics” ends.Even if, as Poole argues, Orwell is little more than a bigoted linguistic pedant (and Poole, certainly, is one too), is this anything to be ashamed of, to decry? In his wonderful, 21 century version of “Politics”, “Tense Present: Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage”, David Foster Wallace proudly announces himself a SNOOT: “Sprachgefuhl Necessitates Our Ongoing Tendance”.