The answer to your question is "Yes".
They are too busy guarding their own asses to cover up their own inaction/errors, to care whether the platitudes they dish out are even appropriate.
We had a similar kind of situation arise after two important meetings were completely "stuffed up" by the other party and although we did get an apology, the message read in part "..."for any inconvenience caused"
Hard to put any credibility on advice from someone who cannot keep to something as simple as twice pre-arranged meetings.
Needless to say we turned down offers for a third meeting!
George Orwell wrote a wonderful essay called"The politics of the English language" in which he laments the throwing together of phrases "like pieces of a prefabricated henhouse", and the failure to think about the meaning of the words we use. That was 1948. Hasn't gotten any better.
(Autocorrect turned that into a "pregnant henhouse"
Yes, I've always suspected as much, since it makes some grammatical sense. Forgotten would suggest it, at least. I am unfortunately a present-English pedant. I think I have a genetic predisposition for it. And a keen awareness of US colonisation of our language and culture. That wave is probably too big to resist but I can't help myself.
Ruth wrote: Yes, I've always suspected as much, since it makes some grammatical sense. Forgotten would suggest it, at least. I am unfortunately a present-English pedant. I think I have a genetic predisposition for it. And a keen awareness of US colonisation of our language and culture. That wave is probably too big to resist but I can't help myself.
Yes, I am from the US, but ATM glad to be elsewhere. Have pondered this thread for awhile and keep coming back to being mildly offered.
Ruth wrote: And a keen awareness of US colonisation of our language and culture. That wave is probably too big to resist but I can't help myself.
You're absolutely right. Especially going forward on a level playing field, drilling down ...
I am keenly aware of the primary colonialisation of this place. But we grow up in a world that we think of as our own culture and any sudden and strong current of change to that does create discomfort. I have a very strong sense of the Pākehā/Māori world in which I grew up and changes now seem to be taking that even further away from where it was when I began.
Sandgrubber, on the language front, NZders traditionally have stuck more closely to English English, so you will find lots of our words still have things like u in them. eg Colour instead of color. Of course computer English is changing things unless people take the time to specify "British English" on their computers. Pronunciation is less noticeable unless you go down to the southern parts of SI to places like Gore, where the Scottish influence is still very apparent in the dialect, and Waipu in the north, but less so now. If you compare us with Australia, Americanisms are much stronger there in terms of spelling and sometimes in spoken words, like Aluminum instead of Aluminium and parts of Aussie have a strong dialect but I don't know where that arose. Many people who were raised in Seedney broaden their sounds. Mum used to like the joke that if you ask a kiwi what a bison is, he will tell you it is an American buffulo, but an Aussie will tell you "A bison is a Plice where an austrylian washes his fice"
My mother's C.A.M.E. L. was Citizens Against the Mutilation of the English Language. She had a classical upbringing, taught at Primary school level for many years and hated what was happening to our language.
Now the population is so cosmopolitan I think the changes will become more rapid....and then there's this strange form of shorthand that young ones are using to text their friends. Heaven help us, the next generations won't even know how to spell and earlier generations will not know what they are writing about should they actually bother to write!