The man who writes in Saxon
Is the man to use an ax on.
~ Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary
Bitter Bierce did not share that opinion of Orwell’s that monosyllabic words of Anglo-Saxon origin are generally preferred. Of course, if it weren’t for his use of ‘use’ (Latin by way of French) in the above, Bierce himself might have invited the ax. Personally, I waver. There is in certain words like ‘wreak’ and ‘death’ a vintage odor of the mead hall that stirs the blood. But if I limit myself for a full day to Fowler’s favorites, I have nightmares in French and Greek and wake the next morning shouting out for my sesquipedalia verba.