I am really gat-vol with the ever-increasing use of puerile, vanilla-flavoured, sanitised PC speech. Virtually every single radio & TV news report is stained by this verbal diarrhoea that’s somehow crept into everyday speech. Maybe it’s a very weak attempt for pseudo-intellectuals to come across as Rhodes scholars.
Our maid is now either a domestic worker or a domestic employee. No more conversations – now they’re all “discourses” or worse “public engagements”. Speaking of conversations, we’re all “engaging” with each other. No more comments – “interventions”; no more stories – “narratives”. If you think I need a strong laxative just use the word narrative, it works immediately and every single time. My other favourite is the word “nuance”. No more problems -they’re all just challenges.
Dirt poor people are now very politely regarded as “indigent” (making it a lot less likely that I’ll give them a cent).
So, having relieved myself, let’s just “segue” into, and engage in, the next discourse about buying a “previously loved motor vehicle”……………..no wonder nobody understands a word that’s spoken!!