Peter Reavy

Cavalry horses answering the bugle

Posted in Uncategorized by Peter Reavy on August 2, 2011

On Sunday night, I put on the Hornsignal Symphony by Haydn. The next day I visited the closing sale of a bookshop and saw a generic yellow paperback in German which contained the word Hornsignal in its title.

Later, I went through a series of web searches.

The publisher of yellow German literature paperbacks is called Reclam. The book was “Cavalry horses at the horn: The crisis of politics as reflected in language” by Erhard Eppler.

The title of the book refers to an Orwell quote about ready-made phrases: “words, like cavalry horses answering the bugle, group themselves automatically into the familiar dreary pattern”.

This occurs in Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, which is also the source of “the fascist octopus has sung its swan song”, the current title of this blog.


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