Hard-working families

12 Apr 2010 0

The Guardian’s Mind Your Language column, written by the editors of its style guide, now has its own blog, which has made it straight on to my list of stuff I like.

In the inaugural post, David Walsh asks readers to pick their least favourite cliches from politicians’ electionspeak. One of his own pet hates is “hard-working families”. I agree. Even just “families” on its own has become something of a buzzword.

When a politician says “families” what they almost always mean is “people”. Or have the main parties given up seeking the votes of orphans and single people?

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