Dude! Where’s my plain language?
03 Temmuz 2013 Yorum bırakın
There’s lots of reasons to like Don Watson.
My main reason? He’s a great writer. He’s well known for being speechwriter to former Australian PM Paul Keating (and wrote a marvellous book on Keating called Confessions of a Bleeding Heart). He’s also the author of two books much-loved in my circles: Weasel Words (Contemporary Clichés, Cant & Management Jargon) and Death Sentence (The Decay of Public Language).
The overriding point that Watson makes in those two volumes is this – governments and corporations often uses tricky language designed more to hide information from us than enlighten us. Have some fun watching the short Don Watson YouTube clip below:
I was reminded of this again recently when my youngest son brought home a notice from his school which advised parents of a ‘narrative incursion opportunity’.
I had to scratch my head over that headline. Turns out the…
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