Saturday, January 30, 2010

Antidote to corporate speak.

Prudence is very excited.

Don Watson is speaking at the Perth Writers Festival. Why isn't there an apostrophe in the name? Surely the writers own the festival?

She hopes a sizable number of bureaucrats come too, as the levels of jargon she's been forced to deal with lately defy description.

For example, a sentence in a speech she wrote recently included the phrase "... within and without the department... " was changed (without her permission) to "... within and external to the Department... " (Note also the self-important use of capital D.)

Sigh.

1 comment:

  1. The Festival of Writers in Perth. No possessive. No ownership. They are one and the same. When the writers organise themselves and their own festival, they can have an apostrophe. But being reclusive writer types, this will likely never happen.

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