Saturday, May 14, 2016

Legalese

A not really finished post that has been sitting around for too long.

Radio legal advice talk back callers often suffer from a disease which I doubt has a name. The disease gives them a propensity inclination to use a license to use  (ok, a long word is apt here) longer words than necessary, or less commons words at least..

Here are a few examples.

They seldom buy anything. They either purchase or acquire.

An event did not take place about two months ago, but approximately two months ago.

They always survey, rather than check.

Like when watching or hearing police getting tangled up in their formal cop speak, it is fun when talk back callers do the same.



24 comments:

  1. I agree with you about police speak. It is often awkward and clumsy.

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    1. Victor, it has improved a little on the past but how easy would it be for them to speak naturally.

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  2. And proceed rather than go...
    It irritates my grumpy self (except when I laugh).

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    1. Good one, EC. We proceeded to.....

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  3. Imagine how annoying that would be if everyone, everywhere started doing that? I'd have to lock myself inside until some sense returned to the world.

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    1. River, one of the pleasures in my life is hearing good speakers speak, which is why I am very fond of radio. At times I surprise myself and speak well enough, but there is usually a glass of wine involved. I am not a good speaker or conversationalist. I am too self conscious. R will say the same thing three times, which annoys me, yet he is an much more entertaining conversationalist than I am.

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    2. I'm not a good speaker, I never got the hang of conversation or what is called small talk, and being shy, I often find myself falling over words that are trying to be said too fast.

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    3. River, at least you are aware of that matter. Speech does need to be slower to hold people's attention, or you can be fast as long as the words and diction are good. You really have to be able to think ahead to that.

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    4. My K speaks fast and is often heard to say that others need to listen fast. Being child #3 she had to speak fast to get any words in at all I suppose.

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  4. Anonymous5:31 pm

    And then there is the military, who no longer go to war, but 'proceed to interdiction'.

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    1. New one to me. Interdiction. I could come up with something naughty where one syllable is dict.

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  5. Alleged is another one..annoying to say the least.

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    1. Margaret, is that a fact or are you just alleging that alleged is annoying.

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    2. I allege it's annoying on my person :)

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  6. You know the long and elegant words stem from French ! That sounds probably more posh to acquire (acquerir) than to buy !

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    1. Gattina, you are correct. It sounds more posh and I think people use such words or phrases to gain respect for their views. Here is a chance to practice my French. Vous acqueired et nouveau chaise et vous ensembled le chaise avec aide de amis.

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    2. ooh! She bought a new sofa and assembled it without help?
      Did I get it right?
      I failed high school French, hated the teacher.

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    3. Close River, but you missed out 'avec aide de amis.

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  7. Margaret pointed out my least favourite! There could be actual film footage of a crime and it would still be an 'alleged' incident!

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    1. 'Tis a queer thing Grace. Here is the alleged incident from cctv. It is alleged that person Y committed the offence. Why is that when we clearly see there is Y on camera offending. I wonder if the coach accident in your town had cctv and what that will show. Best case with no blame, he had a heart attack. Worst case, he fell asleep at the wheel.

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    2. I have a horrible feeling it was the worst case Andrew..

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    3. My guess too, Grace. It may be that that there is insufficient rest time for coach drivers, and I am sure that will be investigated.

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  8. ANDREW i love listening to the radio but good speakers are not common here

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    1. Gosia, I wonder what that is so?

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