By Jingo!

Great blog. Always good to be reminded to keep it simple. It’s so easy to revert to using long words etc.

Theo Coggin

From iteachicoachiblog.blogspot.comThe irony of politics and language always provides a fascinating examination. And lots to learn from.

It intrigues me that, in a country that eschews the imperialist jingoism of a bygone age, so many of the authors of public documents are drawn to expressing themselves in what can most charitably be described as Shakespearean English. Less charitably one might dub it colonial English.

There is no doubt that such authors will be aghast, even feel insulted, by these observations. Regrettably any defensiveness on their part would soon wear thin.

Phrases to denote a sum of money, much loved by accountants, have entered the lexicon of such authors. So it is not good enough, for example, simply to say $532,371 but to spell it out, word for word.

And, just in case they feel they are addressing an innumerate and illiterate moron, they add the figures in brackets. Not only is…

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