Thursday, December 01, 2016

Close enough …

… How 'Close' Is Your 'Proximity'? - Where I Go - Zócalo Public Square. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

This is what Orwell was getting at in "Politics and the English Language." Bureaucrats seem incapable of plainspeak. They can never use a 10-cent word if there's a 50-cent one available.

1 comment:

  1. And, of course, for government writing, the passive voice must be chosen even if the active voice would be more appropriate in most cases; moreover, conjunctive adverbs and prepositional phrases must be used whenever possible.