Monday, March 29, 2021


2022-01-14 08:33:54

Excellent blog post. Another characteristic of "official - speak" is the use of the passive voice. Is it used to sound more intelligent? (Guess what, you don't.) Do they use it to sound authoritative? (No, just pompous.) Or are they trying to convey that they have the situation in hand? (It actually sounds evasive.)

2021-04-27 16:36:16

Here's a slightly different look at a similar police/fire department activity(?),
A member of the Edmonton Fire Dept. illegally parked his unmarked car in a No
Parking zone. Received a ticket and whined and moaned that I should excuse
his transgression. Why should I have even listened to him?

2021-03-29 09:29:50

“Next of kin” is the worst...and repeated all too often by reporters.

2021-03-29 09:36:47

Good one. "Family" would do the trick much better.


2021-03-29 09:19:10

To be fair, two structures in a residential area could have been sheds or garages.....but I don't disagree with you either.

2021-03-29 09:36:16

That's true. I do think in most cases, fire departments know the type of buildings involved, but use structures because it's what they are used to.