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Weasel word watch

Even more from Pravda Central, this c/o DEFRA:

"Proposals for modernising the hosepipe ban legislation are published today for consultation".

What might 'modernising', in the non-debased sense mean to a normal person in this context? Redefining external water supplies, perhaps?

No, of course not: "The joint Defra/Welsh Assembly Government consultation outlines proposals for replacing this with a 'discretionary use' ban, which would extend the scope to activities such as the filling of domestic swimming pools and using a hosepipe for cleaning patios and drives".

So, 'modernising' actually means 'extending' or 'increasing'. Maybe I'll 'modernise' my drink intake and thank my mother for 'modernising' my clothes when I was a small person.


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Blogger Newmania said... 12:25 pm

Modernise my credit will you C I `m a bit strapped for cash.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:39 pm

Normally I'd be happy to help...  

Blogger Tony said... 1:03 pm

Language is modernisingly being used to avoid saying what one means. I would happily modernise my thanks to anyone who would pledge to explain clearly what they plan to do and why.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 1:36 pm

When you labeled this post with "cant" was that in a south london accent?  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 2:58 pm

Isn't this an "appropriate" and "proportionate" response within a modernising and reforming agenda?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:01 pm

Tony - very true.

Hitch - I'm going to take the Fifth.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:18 am

Ah!!! I always wondered what those internet advertised gadgets were for! Isn't modern science wonderful?  

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