Hackneyed expressions…

Hackneyed expressions…

Hackneyed expressions – rolling hills; washing down food; green and pleasant land; enough is enough; incredible/incredibly; up and down the country; home sweet home; to be honest; fundamentally flawed; hive of activity; haven for wildlife; and the rest. Washing down...
Gender agenda spawns a new language…

Gender agenda spawns a new language…

Gender agenda spawns a new language; political correctness gone berserk; how language shapes political discourse; and so on A little death of truth on BBC’s Saturday Live – comedian’s false statement is deemed merely ‘exaggeration’ As readers in the UK (at...
Jargon and officialese….

Jargon and officialese….

Jargon and officialese; grammar and punctuation; nonsense; tautology; nitpicking and pedantry; ambiguity  Forbidding/foreboding Jonathan Creek is back on our screens and The Times (28 Dec 2016) says: ‘Alan Davies’s consulting detective returns to help an old...
The language of the courts, contracts and the law…

The language of the courts, contracts and the law…

The language of the courts, contracts and the law should be as easy to understand as possible when lay people are reading and listening ‘Clarity for Lawyers’ by Mark Adler and Daphne Perry Reviewed by Martin Cutts It’s a pity that university and law-school students...
Parking kingpin convicted by his own camera

Parking kingpin convicted by his own camera

We’ve reported regularly on the rising tide of private-parking penalties at hospitals and supermarkets all over the UK, many of them based on unclear signs, dodgy terms and conditions, and the use of surveillance cameras (see several issues of Pikestaff and our...