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Local authorities have ordered employees to stop using the words and phrases on documents and when communicating with members of the public and to rely on wordier alternatives instead.
The ban has infuriated classical scholars who say it is diluting the world’s richest language and is the “linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing”.
Bournemouth Council, which has the Latin motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas, meaning beauty and health, has listed 19 terms it no longer considers acceptable for use.
This includes bona fide, eg (exempli gratia), prima facie, ad lib or ad libitum, etc or et cetera, ie or id est, inter alia, NB or nota bene, per, per se, pro rata, quid pro quo, vis-a-vis, vice versa and even via.
Its list of more verbose alternatives, includes “for this special purpose”, in place of ad hoc and “existing condition” or “state of things”, instead of status quo.
In instructions to staff, the council said: “Not everyone knows Latin. Many readers do not have English as their first language so using Latin can be particularly difficult.”
just because people do not know something doesn’t justify refusing to allow it to be communicated. I personally like coming across words, phrases and infomation I didn’t already know, that way I can learn about it. Learning is supposed to be a good thing, isn’t it? This is using the lowest common denominator to dumb down the language, same way the state education is dumbing down the next generation of serfs.
The details of banned words have emerged in documents obtained from councils by the Sunday Telegraph under The Freedom of Information Act.
Why, was it a protected document? If it was, then what the hell for? Pushing through diktats in secret documents, to keep the public finding out. Doesn’t sound much like a free society to me.
Of other local authorities to prohibit the use of Latin, Salisbury Council has asked staff to avoid the phrases ad hoc, ergo and QED (quod erat demonstrandum), while Fife Council has also banned ad hoc as well as ex officio.
Professor Mary Beard, a professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge said: “This is absolute bonkers and the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing. English is and always has been a language full of foreign words. It has never been an ethnically pure language.”
What next, banning words like ‘freedom’, ‘fascism’, ‘disinformation’, ‘revolution’, ‘police-state’ etc. Wouldn’t surprise me if the corporate media have such controls.
Dr Peter Jones, co-founder of the charity Friends of Classics said “This sort of thing sends out the message that language is about nothing more than the communication of very basic information in the manner of a railway timetable.
“But it is about much more than that. The great strength of English is that it has a massive infusion of Latin. We have a very rich lexicon with almost two sets of words for everything.
“To try and wipe out the richness does a great disservice to the language. It demeans it. I am all for immigrants raising their sights not lowering them. Plain English and Latin phrasing are not diametrically opposed concepts.”
That’s the point though, using it as an excuse to sterilise the language. I guess speaking English in Britain violates the immigrants’ human rights to not bother to learn it.
However, the Plain English Campaign has congratulated the councils for introducing the bans.
Marie Clair, its spokesman, said: “If you look at the diversity of all our communities you have got people for whom English is a second language. They might mistake eg for egg and little things like that can confuse people.
I’ve got a really radical suggestion, I’ll probably get called racist and anti-immigrant and god forbid, not in step with the diktats of our political masters! It goes like this:
It’s only been around, growing and evolving for over 1500 years. No one is going to miss the Latin bit, right? I thought variety was the spice of life, guess not.
By the way, have we really got so many immigrants now that councils are pushing through this sort of backdoor policy because of the grief using the native vocabulary causes? By the way, when you see the word ‘diversity’, replace it with ‘cultural marxism’. But that isn’t in their fucking mini-Gosplan.
“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.”
Firstly, so immigrants can vote can they? Why? Second, using latin is a form of class oppression? What the fuck is this, Communism? Redistribution of ignorance. Thirdly, who the fuck is this bitch or this organisation to go around and dictate to people who they should speak? Forth, does this mean we have to start speaking to kids, sorry, little adults, sorry, young people, lik dis den? Dey cnt spk englsh innit so fuk it.. etc.
Whoops! I used a forbidden word, proof that I am an elitist with a big ego and I’m oppressing you.
Go fuck yourselves.
Several councils, including Aberdeenshire, and Blackburn and Darwen, have also prohibited the use of the French phrase in lieu, while many local authorities have drawn up lists of English words, which cannot be used as they are considered politically incorrect.
Amber Valley Council, in Derbyshire, has told staff it is no longer acceptable to use language “that portrays once sex as subordinate to the other”.
Staff have been instructed to say “synthetic” rather than “man made”, “lay person” instead of “lay man”, “people in general” in place of “man in the street”, “one person show” rather than “one man show” and “ancestors” instead of “forefathers”.
Broadland Council, in Norfolk, has banned “housewife” and replaced it with “homemaker” and asked staff to refer to “staffing” rather than “manning” levels.
I don’t fucking believe it. I can’t believe it.
Several councils including Blyth Valley and Weymouth have banned the phrase disabled toilet and disabled parking because they imply that the facilities themselves are disabled. They have renamed them accessible.
I guess these pathetic, incompetent, unemployable jobsworths have to do something to justify their gold plated pensions. I’ve got a latin phrase I use whenever I read shit like this:
Cui Bono. I guarantee whoever it is, it won’t be you.
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