Catamighty (champagnesheik) wrote in linguaphiles,
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From the BBC

A number of local councils in Britain have banned their staff from using Latin words, because they say they might confuse people.


Maybe it's just because I'm a Latinist, but I find this ridiculous, not to mention futile. I sympathize with non-native speakers of English who have trouble with Latinate phrases, but just because they are borrowings does not make them any less a part of our language. And what is more elitist (seems to be a keyword nowadays): using borrowed Latin phrases or proposing linguistic purification like these councils are?
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