UK: Linguistic Cleansing, And So On

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Nov 7 22:20:29 UTC 2008

Linguistic Cleansing, And So On

The town council in Bournemouth, England, has had a "plain language"
policy for the past two years that includes a list of Latin words and
phrases their members should avoid using. They recommend saying "the
other way around" instead of vice versa, "genuine" for bona fide, and
"and so on" in lieu of etc. Speaking of which, the City Council of
Salisbury told staff members to avoid using French phrases,
e.g.—whoops! I mean, such as—"in lieu" and "fait accompli." Hey, at
least it's not as bad as the town council that earlier this year
banned the word "brainstorm" because it might offend people with
epilepsy. From now on they should all stop using the word council,
which comes from the Latin concilium, and call themselves "elected
assembly," which they could shorten to "morons" or "idiots."

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