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Politicians Re-defining The English Language

By enrique 24 January 2008 74

A few years ago I performed a job for a federal government department and took note that everyone had been directed via an edict from John Howard that all written use of the word program was to be spelt “programme”.

Today I’ve just been informed that everyone has been directed via an edict from Kevin 07 that all written use of the word programme is to be spelt “program”.

Seriously people – what right does the government have to dictate how to spell common English words. Isn’t that the job of the dictionary?

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Snahons_scv6_berlina 10:12 am 05 Feb 08

and how much time and money has/will be wasted within the PS discussing the changed spelling of words as described within all new style guides ?

Skidbladnir 10:00 am 05 Feb 08

Then and Than will hopefully also be covered in the Style Guides. 😐
Seems even the ABC is letting that one slip through of late. 😐

*only a grammar Nazi on slow days*

Gungahlin Al 9:50 am 05 Feb 08

It’s official – programmy is dead.

Just been advised by someone who knows my hate of the archaic programme spelling so favoured by Howard, that our area has had a ministerial rejected by the minister’s office for – among other things – the use of programme instead of program.

A Style Guide update is on the way.

Sanity rules.

Now if we can just get people to stop writing/saying “different to”; and “your” instead of “you’re”…

Skidbladnir 3:41 pm 04 Feb 08

If its a Programme thats new to DEEWR, it may come from a place that still uses Old Commonwealth or Departmental Style Manuals.

neanderthalsis 3:35 pm 04 Feb 08

I just received a discussion paper from DEEWR littered with “programmes”. Maybe they’re maintaining the old order and holding for a return of the coalition.

Thumper 1:30 pm 29 Jan 08

And one must not forget Howard removing ‘The federal Government’ and changing it to ‘The Australian Government’.

VicePope 1:14 pm 29 Jan 08

Says it all, really, about the change of government. What’s described is the same thing (an organised activity for a public purpose). It’s even pronounced the same way. The only difference is cosmetic – and, by getting the letters “me” out of the word, the public sector may be moving away from Howard’s “l’etat, c’est moi” stance.

Thumper 8:41 pm 28 Jan 08

I’ve worked under both a program (in Environment) and a programme (in Education).

I believe the programme I have been working for over the past two years has now become a program.

Ah, don’t you love a change in government, can’t have anything that the previous government put in place, even words!

I-filed 7:08 pm 28 Jan 08

These days I think of “program” as e.g. a government program, and “programme” as the booklet you get at a theatre performance.

pierce 6:06 pm 25 Jan 08

Is that a political football skidbladnir?

Skidbladnir 5:34 pm 25 Jan 08

And Troy is also “apporoachable” according to his website.
I suggest he’s either trying to redefine the English Language himself, or hasn’t noticed the typo on the pictures where he is holding a football.

Skidbladnir 5:30 pm 25 Jan 08

Troy lives! (also, Troy is campaigning)

TroyWilliams 5:25 pm 25 Jan 08

Gaf and GnT have something.

If “colour” is spelt “culla” that’s another $650,000 saving, perhaps more if GungahlinAl is right.

caf 5:12 pm 25 Jan 08

“Color” isn’t any more commonsense than “colour”, with the Australian accent – most people here pronounce it more like “Culler”.

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