Given the rich complexity of the English language, as it develops and evolves to reflect the character of its speakers, it is difficult to have sympathy of those who mourn the passing of the correct spoken usage of words like “bad” and “wicked”. Remembering the words invented by Shakespeare that still remain in common speech, the really big difficulty is keeping up with a living language that is changing organically.
Having only recently mastered the use of “wicked” as meaning excellent and the use of “bad” as the complete opposite, young people tell me that these terms are now obsolete with the user becoming the object of derision. Those that cleave to the purity of English must despair as they hear it cleaved asunder by modern idiom. However, the English language has not popped its clogs, kicked the bucket and is not pushing up the daisies. Instead it is fit as a fiddle, the bee`s knees; as right as rain. Okay, we now need to shout “squee” rather that huzzah and the more energetic might be “twerking” instead of jitterbugging but what was once a heads up is now “buzzworthy” according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. With dictionaries now listing the word “omnishambles”, perhaps we should take a further look at what our erudite and verbose political masters are actually saying.
Alleged = Invented
Budget responsibility = Profiteering
Consultation = Shut up
Deferred growth = Ruin
Economic stability = Ruin
Fairness = Profiteering
Generational worklessness = the Aristocracy
Housing policy = Profiteering
Iraq = Syria
Judicial review = Cover up
Key partners = Oppressive dictators
Lifestyle choice = Enforced abject poverty
Mandate = an ashtray on a motorbike
Nominal evidence base = Lies
Office of Budget Responsibility = a coalition of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.
Predictive outcome indicators = Lies
Quantitative Easing = Ruin
Rationalisation = Cuts to vital public services
Syria = Iraq
Terrorist = Floating voter
Unilateral = Illegal
Vital public services = Money tree
Weapons of Mass Destruction = Toothpaste
Xenophobia = Xenophobia
Young people = Terrorists
Zero Hours Contract = Slavery
The list is only a snap shot taster mash-up run up the flagpole going forward at the overarching end of the day, innit? Colleagues and stakeholders are empowered to make their own holistic contributions to facilitate best practice in a fluid and proactive data set.
Your mum is like well fit and your dad is hench.