Friday, November 07, 2008
Nanny Bans Latin
Nanny's thought police in certain local councils have donned their jackboots again, and are trying to ban certain "elitist" words from being used.
Nanny has taken exception to the use of Latin words, in her view they are elitist and discriminatory (ie her lousy educashun system has failed to provide people with enough wit and brains to look the words up, or know what they mean). As such Nanny has banned her employees from using them, and wants them to use much longer phrases (in English) instead.
Isn't funny how dead headed bureaucrats feel the need to use more words than really necessary when speaking?
Maybe they don't want us to understand what they are talking about?
Isn't that elitist as well?
Nanny's chums in Bournemouth Council, which has the Latin motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas - beauty and health -, has listed 19 terms it no longer considers acceptable for use eg:
- ad hoc
- bona fide
- status quo
- vice versa
Clearly Nanny regards us being highly ignorant if she believes that we cannot grasp what the above words actually mean (especially when used in context), or could it be that her educashun system is now in fact turning out ignoramuses?
The alternatives proposed by Nanny are of course much more complex and cumbersome:
- 'for this special purpose' in place of ad hoc
- 'existing condition' or 'state of things' instead of status quo
As Mary Beard, a Cambridge professor of classics, said:
"This is absolutely bonkers and the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing.
English is and always has been a language full of foreign words. It has never been an ethnically pure language."
Salisbury council has asked staff to avoid the phrases ad hoc, ergo and QED (quod erat demonstrandum), and Fife has banned ad hoc as well as ex officio.
We have become a nation of illiterates!
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