Post by Nick Odell
I am pleased to learn that due to a change in the ongoing lot of cabinet
members, the Leader of the House has determined that certain words and
phrases are no longer fit for purpose in departmental documents and has
invested in a style guide for use by the serfs in his office and beyond.
I speculate that umra has hopefully got over the disappointment that
somebody else got there first but now it is not unacceptable to meet
with these standards and equal very quickly with an umra initiative.
I therefore propose that umra appoints an ongoing post of Mogg-Monitor
to ascertain words and phrases to be excised from the journal of umra.
Ummm...while I applaud the idea, we decided some time ago to abolish all
monitors from umra other than the BTM and Al Menzies, late of this
parish and much missed, who remains Lifetime Supersede Monitor. This
was to avoid what was in danger of becoming a rather hectoring culture
which was felt to be unumratic.
I have to say that I'm a little uneasy about the whole idea. I like the
varied styles here and the fact that I can often tell who has written a
post without looking at the name of its author. I also like the fact
that people are free to post here without much fear of being criticised
for their style; it's an important freedom which encourages
contributions from more people and a more relaxed atmosphere, I think.
Naturally, umrats will still rant about pet linguistic hates from time
to time. This is perfectly healthy, IMO.
If otherrats feel differently, I shall, of course, abide by the wishes
of the majority.
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)