I write, possibly like many eduBuzzers, in a climate of fear. The thing is, you see, I’m not sure if East Lothian Council is one of those banning the use of Latin expressions in an effort to prevent this elitist stuck up habit from obscuring hiding meaning. Perhaps I missed a meeting, or deleted an unopened email. Has this been thoroughly thought through though? (I don’t even like alliteration leaning towards like letters). As per capita by the head budgets are tightened, might we inadvertently by mistake spend more on consumables white A4 rectangles and black writing fluid, fitting in more unwieldy and equally confusing English equivalents? e.g. For example will school sporting fixtures have to adopt the abbreviation ag (against) to replace vs from the Latin versus? Might match-fixing become a necessity as the word nil is airbrushed from oral mouth history?
One of the reasons given for this change in policy is that the use of Latin expressions makes life unnecessarily difficult for people whose first language is not English. I know for a fact that many constituents of Italian origin extraction starting place are heaving a huge sigh of relief.
However, the disgruntled can take some comfort from the fact that the decision was only reached after much soul-searching and hand-wringing by councils across the land. Tempers were frayed and many confessed to letting slip the odd vulgar rude expression. One source, now swelling the ranks of the unemployed jobless, described the departmental meeting concerned as, “a particularly Carpy DM.“