Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A postscript to the Queen's post, or is that an et cetera

Queen Shenaynay at The Beehive posted "guess it wasn't quite dead after all," about a British council (local government) that moved to ban a list of Latin phrases in its documents.

To quote the article:
"It is far better to use words people understand. Often people in power are using the words because they want to feel self important. It is not right that voters should suffer because of some official's ego."
Ooh, them's fightin' words. Do any of you longtime Treehouse climber-uppers remember our post "It Makes-Some-People-Very-Nervous-That-You-Want To Increase Your Word Power"? We referred to another similar situation:
"Okay, have you had time yet to read the Big Words article? (First mentioned here.) Is it undemocratic and elitist to celebrate words? Should those who do have large vocabularies back off and shut up because it might make the less erudite feel bad? (erudite: characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly: an erudite professor; an erudite commentary.) Did you catch that first line of the article: "With the Lord of Loquacity on trial in Chicago and schools playing down language to level the playing field...." [italics mine]"
At least it might stop some people from saying "ek cetera."

1 comment:

Birdie said...

"Ek cetera?" Egad!

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