|Quoting David L (Reply 3):|
Exactly. These phrases/words are so commonly used that they've become part of the language and many English speakers don't even know they're Latin. It's not as though they aren't in any half-decent dictionary.
Exactly. Are we going to ban every word or phrase in our language which is derived from a language that was once spoken everywhere? Because if so, we might as well abandon the whole lot.
|Quoting N867DA (Reply 9):|
Note who is pushing for these changes-local governments. Do they really have the blessings of the linguistic minorities they think they are helping? I don't know some of the Latin phrases I come across. I either look it up or try to find its meaning using context clues.
Whilst working in a local government department for a short while, I had no end of trouble from a woman in the spin department about wording a document (that wasn't mine to rewrite) because the sentences weren't short enough and using things like percentages (for a presentation of statistics for service users) was confusing. I couldn't help her in the slightest, as I didn't actually have the authority to change the document, but in a way I was glad, because the whole tone that she was planning to adopt wasn't easy to read or correctly written - it was just patronising. I understand the need to make documents accessible to all, but there's a limit to which this should be done. Oversimplifying is often as dangerous.
|Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 7):|
Yet more council jobsworths and pen pushers trying to make a pathethic attempt at justifying their salaries and keeping their jobs.
Interesting... I'm fed up of the constant bickering from certain aspects of the media about "council jobsworths" whose jobs they envy (though incidentally their salaries, which apparently they can't justify, are often far lower than those of their private sector counterparts). Yes, there's a lot of red tape. But half of it is only there because people and/or central government ask for it. Say, for instance... people grumble that their council is not accountable, and yet when their council hires a performance information team in response to it, people are suddenly going on about wasting money. People grumble that social services response is poor, and yet when more admin people are hired to keep things up to speed people cry out about bureaucracy. Yes, there has to be a limit, but at the same time you have to have it, because these things don't do themselves. Look at the police - they spend half their time on paperwork as it is! Surely they need some of these 'pen-pushers' in so that they can be out on the beat!
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