Recently I seem to have stumbled across a lot of different people talking about various dodgy uses of language of the kind that politicians and bureaucrats indulge in.
I’m sure almost anyone reading this blog would have a few examples tucked away, but there was one that proved to me how dangerous language of the weasel-word variety can be . It’s been on my mind again recentlyand still sickens me.
The statement, regarding the treatment of a prisoner whose legs had been reduced to a bloody pulp by a soldier beating him, said that the injuries resulted from the repeated application of reasonable force.
What kind of world does that type of language use create?