Sunday, October 26, 2014

Plain English, Please

Robert Stroud over at Mere Inklings comments on a particularly obtuse question asked of the Chicago Manual of Style site about a sentence found in a government document. The questioner asks if a particular pair of words buried deep within the fog of bureaucratese should actually be a different pair of words that in context would mean almost exactly the same thing.

The writer at Manual  limits his answer to the question at hand, rather than try to answer more unfathomable issues, such as, "Why does a person this clueless have a job?" And even more mystifying, "Why is this person's job paid for with public funds?"

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