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    DescriptionLet me be clear. This book does not contain a raft of measures to address issues around the abuse of the English language. It is not a forward offering to proactively strategise a blue sky solution utilising key deliverables. Nor does it articulate a compelling and coherent vision for the coming period. The fact of the matter is, we need a step change in the way that we communicate if we are to avoid a spiral of decline. It is time to draw a line in the sand and consign certain linguistic atrocities to the dustbin of history. Welcome to The Banned List. The Banned List began with five cliches, and has grown steadily ever since. Here its creator, John Rentoul, sets out the need for such a list and argues the case for clear writing. He looks at the lure of the cliche and how jargon from different walks of life has made its way into the language everyone uses. Cloudy, meaningless words and tired, hackneyed phrases are not merely annoying, they make it hardr for us to communicate. The solution is simple, however. The Banned List shows you the traps to avoid and the rules to bear in mind when writing or speaking clearly and simply. It also contains The List in full. Keep it close to hand and you cannot go wrong. It's not rocket science.

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    The Banned List
    A Manifesto Against Jargon and Cliche
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Rentoul
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 108
    Width: 111 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9781907642425
    ISBN 10: 1907642420

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 427
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REF026000, LAN004000
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    Abridged Dewey: 427
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17320
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009050
    BIC subject category V2: CBX
    DC22: 417.2
    LC classification: PE1449 .R46 2011
    Thema V1.0: CBX
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Elliott & Thompson Limited
    Imprint name
    Elliott & Thompson Limited
    Publication date
    01 June 2012
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    Author Information
    John Rentoul heads the committee that maintains the Banned List - his ever-growing collection of over-used, meaningless and offensive words and phrases. He is also chief political commentator for the Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he has worked for the BBC and New Statesman, and on an oil rig in the North Sea.