I’ve just written two articles for a Sydney-based company, one on employee engagement and another on bullying in the workplace. A chilling statistic that popped up in my research was that 80% of workplace bullies are in fact bosses. PM Julia Gillard has recently been reported to have a fresh focus on bullying in the workplace. Bullying must be stamped out for the good of the individuals affected and their families, as well as for the ultimate moral and monetary benefit of organisations.
Animal Farm or Outright Barbarity?
No, this post isn’t about George Orwell’s chilling political satire on Stalin called ‘Animal Farm’. But the following was written by George Orwell in 1946. He entitled it ‘Politics and the English Language’.
1. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
2. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
3. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
4. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
5. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
(Excerpted from News Limited’s ‘Style’ book.)
Giving and Receiving
Do you know the difference between ‘imply’ and ‘infer’? Misusing ‘imply’ is a common practice. According to Fowler’s, “Each word has its own job to do, one at the giving end and the other at the receiving (What do you imply by that remark? What am I to infer from that remark?) and should be left to do it without interference.”
Don’t you just love Fowler.