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Abuse of the language

In the sense of beating it with a piece of 4" by 2" for ten minutes, pouring petrol over it, setting it ablaze and then dancing around the flames and finishing off by urinating on the embers:

"The report from the National Audit Office (NAO) said....[HM Revenue and Customs] needs to more actively demonstrate the benefits to its staff and manage the expectations of customers". Source

Would not 'victims' be more le mot juste?

Elsewhere the report notes low morale at HMRC. While I would consider many (any?) options before taking a job with The Beast, someone has to do it, so one must feel some pity for the individuals who must spent their entire working lives either lying about their livelihoods to people they meet socially or else risking the effect of a crucifix on a vampire.

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Anonymous Verity said... 12:19 pm

The 1984 British government must be discouraged from referring to the owners of the government, the citizenry, as "customers". They are the public servants; we are the masters.

I hate this language manipulation partly because they really think it is rather clever and is working.

Not even close, boys and the fat girls who come to the Commons with lots of "neck interest" - scarves, chunky necklaces, noticeable earrings - to draw the eye from their large bottoms and fat thighs.  



Anonymous JuliaM said... 6:49 pm

Don't knock the efficacy of some judicious 'neck interest'. A lot of Nu Labour's Blair Babes would look very fetching in a noose...  



Anonymous verity said... 6:55 pm

Well, Juliam, I must admit that this fetching thought had not occurred to me.  



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