Language not only changes across region but also profession. For instance, it is common to see the usage ‘for your kind perusal’ in government letters. We dismiss this as ‘bureaucratese’. Similarly, Parliament, too, has its own list of absurd and archaic phrases. The one that never fails to make me laugh is the passionate appeal for peace by the Chair when there is a pandemonium: “The Chair is standing on its legs…” Another phrase, “I beg to lay papers….”, was often used in parliamentary proceedings. In 2017, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu discouraged this phrase saying parliamentarians in a free nation should not have to “beg” to do their routine work. (Read More)
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