By Don Watson
Half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the kingdom of Australia's public language, Don Watson's dying Sentence is scathing, humorous and brilliant.
‘ ... in public existence the language hasn't ever been held in much less regard. It withers within the dungeons of the technocratic brain. it truly is butchered by way of the media. In politics it lacks all skills for the most game.'
Almost sixty years in the past, George Orwell defined the decay of language and why this threatened democratic society. yet in comparison to what we now undergo, the general public language of Orwell's day brimmed with lifestyles and fact. Today's organisations, executive departments, information media, and, possibly such a lot dangerously, politicians – converse to one another and to us in cliched, impenetrable, useless sludge.
Don Watson can endure it not. In demise Sentence, half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the nation of Australia's public language, he is taking a blowtorch to the phrases – and their clients – who kill pleasure, mind's eye and readability. Scathing, humorous and remarkable, dying Sentence is a small booklet of profound weight – and timeliness. -
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14 The Master said, If one does not hold the position, one does not dictate the policies that go with it. 15 The Master said, When Music Master Zhi has begun and reached the conclusion of the Guanju ode,4 what a torrent of sound fills our ears! 16 The Master said, Enthusiastic but not straightforward; naive but insincere; simple, guileless, but not to be trusted—such persons I do not understand. 17 The Master said, Study as though you could never catch up, [and if you did,] you would still be fearful of losing it.
After Confucius had retired from the scene, the minister of crime signaled to Wuma Qi to step forward and said, I have heard 8 Presumably a place that Confucius passed in his travels. Commentators offer various explanations as to why the villagers were hard to talk to. book seven • 52 that a gentleman is not partisan, but some gentlemen appear to be partisan indeed! 9 If Duke Zhao understood ritual, then who doesn’t understand ritual? Wuma Qi reported this to Confucius. The Master said, How fortunate I am!
Regrettably, he had a short life and is dead now. Since then, there are none who love learning, or none I’ve heard of. 4 Zihua went on a mission to the state of Qi. Ran Qiu asked that Zihua’s mother be given an allowance of grain. The Master said, Give her a peck. When Ran Qiu asked for more, the Master said, Give her a bushel. Ran Qiu in the end gave her five large measures of grain. The Master said, When Chi (Gongxi Zihua) set off for Qi, he had a team of fat horses and was wearing light furs.
Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language by Don Watson