I am irritated by (mostly) politicians and (also) media-types referring to "ordinary people". I don't mind being a regular, normal, ordinary chap, but when they wield it, the phrase comes with the patronising implication that they are somehow better than ordinary. And as we have seen for a long time and especially in recent years, many politicians in particular and journalists in general tend to range from 'ordinary' downwards.
I log occurrences here and send offenders a postcard.
Monday, 2 March 2015
#6 Adam Nicolson
In this week's (28th Feb) Spectator, Adam Nicolson reviews two books on the language of natural history and comments "most [of the words] were formed in the mouths of ordinary, almost certainly illiterate people". Wikipedia describes him as "Adam Nicolson, 5th Baron Carnock" but does not provide a photograph. The image is from the Telegraph.