Parse this: Pentagon fields new Language Corps

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue May 15 14:18:38 UTC 2007

Sarah Lang pointed us to the Pentagon release:

Note the highlighted expressions in these three successive paragraphs. Were
they trying to be idiom-neutral?

          The corps will be an entirely civilian organization managed by the
DoD for the federal sector **composed of** members who will voluntarily join
and renew their membership.

            The national pool will **consist of** a larger national data
base of volunteer members with certified language skills who may be
available for activation for federal service during times of war, national
emergency or other national needs.

            The dedicated poolwill [sic] **be comprised of** a smaller
number of members who will have contractual arrangements with dedicated
federal sponsors and who agree to perform specific responsibilities and
duties and serve a specific number of days per year.


-- Mark M.
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

The American Dialect Society -

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