The Plain English Campaign singled out Leicester City Council today for its celebrated Kick in the Pants Award 2013. The council won the award for its woeful use of plain English.
The special recognition was for its public notices on dog control, described as “baffling”. One notice read:
A person who habitually has a dog in his possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog.
Other dubious praise was dished out for the Foot in the Mouth and Golden Bull awards, among others.
They included Godfrey Bloom MEP who had infamously described countries that receive aid from the UK as ‘Bongo Bongo land’.
My personal favourite, however, is this notice from the University of Essex about an open seminar on Psychoanalytic Studies:
Between the unspeakable and the speculum: Poetry and Psychoanalysis
This paper will be a reflection on what endures and on the archaeology of utterance – an archaeology that is intimately connected to castration. As a Symbolic artefact poetry stands between the darkness of the unknowable – Freud’s navel – and Lacan’s mirror of semblance in which false architectures of the self, emerge as a parody of the truth.
For the full awards click here.