JUDGE: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you the defendant?
DEFENDANT: No, sir, I’m the guy who stole the chickens.
Why is is so hard to persuade corporate types to write like human beings? Answer: they’re terrified of getting into trouble with the Legal department.
And ever noticed that the less status a writer has in a corporation, the more likely they are to cling to clunkiness? To mangle meaning in the mistaken belief that burying their point in verbiage will protect them from a scary phone call?
Yes, HR, I’m talking about you.
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