Not a greatly relevant subject heading, but it is about words.
PM Kevin Rudd's wife's name is Therese Rein. She did not take the name of Rudd when she married Kevie. Rudd is a bit of a harsh sounding work, Rein is much softer. I would have done the same.....not that I would marry Kevie.
The media always refers to her as Therese Rein. Why do they always mention her last name? Has a protocol for such situations been developed? Why can't she be Kevin Rudd's wife Therese? Conversely, he should be known as Therese Rein's husband Kevin.
I am not sure that I like this protocol.
But here is one expression I hate almost as much as my favourite dreaded word (I am so passionate about it, it has slipped my mind). It is 'stepping up to the plate'. We are a nation of lovers of the most boring game ever invented, cricket. We should 'step up to the crease', not to the baseball plate. We could even use an Australian football word, stepping up to the mark.
To link up another half written post, and it is relevant, here are the harsh sounding words a judge used before postponing sentencing to a later date. I have heard these words too many times, and I know the guy, who without provocation beat a lass to pulp on a dance floor (found guilty), will receive a very lenient sentence, probably a community service order.
"(I will be) sending a clear message to those who want to indulge in alcohol and violence in this area that the community, through the courts, won't be tolerate it."
Yeah, right bud. Heard it all before. Ten years in the slammer might make an example of him to others.