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J R-M - pernickity pedant?

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GabriellaG54 Fri 26-Jul-19 21:35:26

I read that JRM has issued a list of rules for his staff to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.
It's typical but pretty unbelievable that he's gone to such petty lengths as banning the word 'got', among a jumble of others. Men to be addressed as Esq. in memorandum and other such nonsense.
I wonder if there will be a fine for any staffer caught breaking the rules.
Your thoughts...
I think he's hoping to elevate the atmosphere to that of a gentleman's club such as Whites, Brooke's or Boodle's circa 17th and 18th century.

lemongrove Fri 26-Jul-19 21:40:27

grinIsn’t it like that already?

Minniemoo Fri 26-Jul-19 21:42:55

I rather like him. He has a dry wit. The photo of him and his son outside the tattoo parlour was great fun. I love his command of our language. And I'm pleased to see quite a few bugbears of mine in his list. A comma after 'and' being one.

jura2 Fri 26-Jul-19 21:45:00

Oh I agree Minniemoo- it is definitely a priority and will save us from the diabolical situation we are in. Hurrah!

crazyH Fri 26-Jul-19 21:45:57

Pray, who is JRM.? My brain has stalled.

Anniebach Fri 26-Jul-19 21:47:29

So if he allows the word ‘got’ all will be well in the country ?

mcem Fri 26-Jul-19 21:48:12

So all's well.
What were we worried about?
Ooops! Sorry JRM -
About what were we worried?

jura2 Fri 26-Jul-19 21:48:14

Jacob Rees-Mogg of course - who else would put this as a Ministerial priority?

Grammaretto Fri 26-Jul-19 21:50:03

words fail me! but I see they don't fail him.

Anniebach Fri 26-Jul-19 21:51:20

Is The Leader of The House a Minister ?

crazyH Fri 26-Jul-19 21:53:56

Thanks Jura.

Urmstongran Fri 26-Jul-19 21:55:17

I like The Moggster

Mr J Rees Mogg Esq., MP must have just given Daily Mail journalists heart failure!

Minniemoo Fri 26-Jul-19 21:55:32

Calm yourself jura. Have a drink maybe, or some hot chocolate. Change is good. I know it scares some people but believe me, we will survive!

Gonegirl Fri 26-Jul-19 21:56:21

I can remember my headmistress at school years ago telling us we must never use 'got'.

I quite like the old standards. Love the use of "Esq".

Doodle Fri 26-Jul-19 21:57:19

There are many pedants on GN gabriella . Do you class them as petty too? #innocentface ?

jura2 Fri 26-Jul-19 22:00:23

The title is not about whether you 'like' him or not- or about 'change'. Make up your mind- it seems many of you want to go back to his 19C, or at least pre EU- and Imperial measures - who is afraid of change.

Change can be for the better, or very much for the worse. In the eyes of the beholder.

mcem Fri 26-Jul-19 22:03:50

And why would anyone prioritise pedantry with all the real problems we have.

growstuff Fri 26-Jul-19 22:04:33

It's a way for J R-M to impose his alleged superiority over the plebs who can't speak proper. Have you reached the paragraph about his staff bowing/curtseying and tugging on their forelock when they enter a room?

Gonegirl Fri 26-Jul-19 22:08:17

I don't think he is actually prioritising it. Just laying down a few ground rules at the start of the job. No harm in it.

jura2 Fri 26-Jul-19 22:10:59

growstuff- you are jesting, aren't you???

If it is the first thing he put time and effort in, he is prioritising it.

Anniebach Fri 26-Jul-19 22:13:35

Where can we read this ?

petra Fri 26-Jul-19 22:14:25

If you read the article he said this is for his letters only

Urmstongran Fri 26-Jul-19 22:14:30

Well probably why not prioritise it? Until the real action starts in September and October, everyone else is off to the beach.

Nandalot Fri 26-Jul-19 22:18:13

Although I can see the logic in banning the use of a word like ‘got’, can anyone explain why ‘unacceptable’, ‘ascertain’, ‘equal’ etc. have a blanket ban?

Nandalot Fri 26-Jul-19 22:18:58

And some of the other perfectly ‘acceptable’ words on the list.