Over the years, the European institutions have developed a vocabulary that differs from that of any recognised form of English. [Read more…]
Garbled ramblings on a life of clear speaking
One of the questions I was asked when I said I was retiring was: “And would you do it all again, if you were starting out now?”
One of those questions it’s impossible to answer, of course. I’d be tempted to follow the example of the man who, when asked which way it was to Tipperary, (or was it Steenokkerzeel? Or Chipping Sudbury?), replied: “If I was you, I wouldn’t be starting from here.”
English is enough, right?
“The internationalisation of English has begun to provoke a two-fold enervation. In many societies, imported English, with its necessarily synthetic, ‘pre-packaged’ semantic field, is eroding the autonomy of the native language-culture. [Read more…]