Monday, February 16, 2009

Speak English

I am constantly amazed at the propensity of bureaucrats to make up new words or phrases to replace definitions that are commonly understood.

We recently saw a good example of this unnecessary creative effort. An airliner went down near Buffalo, NY. A government spokesman rather pompously stated there had been an "Air Safety Event." No kidding! Everybody else knew there had been a plane crash. Why not say that? A plane crash is easily understood.

Perhaps this bureaucrat felt that, from his self-exaulted position, such a prosaic term was not sufficently grandois. Therefore we were blessed with this example of word-wooze.

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