Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Yo! The new language of diplomacy

Yo! MTV raps"We could dispense with tiresome old canards such as “we note with deep concern” or “take the gravest exception” to a hostile act, and replace them with something altogether more explicit such as “We is close to squeezing the trigger”, a popular rap expression, or even “you have dissed us and that is well out of order”. It would be quicker to say that Her Majesty’s Government is “cool with that” rather than expressing “the warmest approval”, or viewing it “with appreciation”, if only because it would slot easily into a text message and look better in a snappy headline." —Magnus Linklater

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