Re: Friday funnies... with a techwr-l tie-in

Subject: Re: Friday funnies... with a techwr-l tie-in
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 11:12:42 -0700
or for short
says, in part:

Supervisors to pay a $1 fine for using bureaucratic lingo

Erin Hallissy, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Contra Costa County supervisors who use certain dirty words during weekly meetings will have to cough up $1 fines, but the newly banned utterances aren't the seven infamous ones forbidden on public airwaves.

Instead, under a new policy unanimously adopted Tuesday, bureaucratic acronyms like EIR, LAFCO, ABAG and RFP will be verboten in the board chambers in Martinez, not just from the supervisors' podium but also in all written materials for board meetings.

Geoff Hart wrote:

"Government officials in California now have to pay a one dollar fine when they use a word that's hard for taxpayers to understand. In a related story Arnold now owes $50,000." --Conan O'Brien

OK, I smiled. <g> The tie-in: Is this some kind of "clear speech" or "simple English" initiative in California? Any techwhirlers being affected by this?


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