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Human Resources and Thought Control – Lingua Franca - Geoffrey Pullum
Another strike at the gramma and umbrage gang. This time it's a matter of getting a focus: Don't try to change the language - change the damn HR policies.

"My point is that either it’s right to try to reshape people’s thinking by sculpting their phraseology or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then Orwell shouldn’t have been trying to manipulate our political perception through linguistic revision. But if it is, then HR people are not doing anything wrong by following Orwell’s example.

You can’t have it both ways: Thought control through word or phrase eradication... can’t be uncritically regarded as right when Orwell does it but automatically condemned as wrong when your employer does it. That’s begging the question."
grammar  standards  strunknwhite 
july 2015 by mcmorgan
the velocity of a sheep in a vacuum and other register measurements
Standards of measurement based on EU standards for fruit and pasta, double-decker buses, and the area of Wales. Yeah? And using feet, inches, or even millimeters are any different?
standards  parody  EU 
january 2011 by mcmorgan

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