Friday, October 29, 2010

Rearguard Action

I have blogged previously about my continuing campaign against advocates' habit of mangling the English language and of introducing barbaric neologisms.

We heard a cracker the other day; the CPS prosecutor referred to the accused's 'Adeptitude' at something. There are lots of Google hits on the word, but I have never heard it used before. It's a super compression of aptitude, adeptness, and attitude. I suspect it was a mistake though - this is the same fellow who used 'angst' as a synonym for 'animus' for a few days until someone had a quiet word.

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