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For Who the Bell Tolls: ban the gobbledygook

Have the abuses of language by those in power become so severe that we need a Language Czar to restore grammatical order?

By David Marsh  

It took a Conservative MP, Margot James, to point out that her party’s 2013 conference slogan, “For hardworking people,” excluded not just the usual suspects—shirkers and scroungers—but lots of other groups: “children, older people, retired folk, people with disabilities and people who for whatever reason cannot work.” Whenever politicians start banging on about “hardworking families” —which is often—I finding myself wishing we had a Language Czar to ban this phrase, or at least impose swingeing fines on the perpetrators.

The same would go for “change,” another politicians’ favourite. Or, as Nick…

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