Saturday, January 13, 2007

Rectify the language

When Confucius was asked what the first thing he would do if we were made emperor, he answered, "rectify the language."

Robert Fisk: This jargon disease is choking language

"I once received an invitation to lecture at 'The University of Excellence'. I forget where this particular academy was located - Jordan, I think - but I recall very clearly that the suggested subject of my talk was as incomprehensible to me as it would, no doubt, have been to any audience. Invitation rejected. Only this week I received another request, this time to join 'ethics practitioners' to 'share evidence-based practices on dealing with current ethical practices' around the world. What on earth does this mean? Why do people write like this?"

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