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  1. 72joiner says:

    I find it really irksome the misuse of words. The misuse of reform has been a bugbear of mine for years now. Politicians are the worst for it. Reform sounds better than cost cutting change, but that is what they really meant by reform, when applied to the Police or other public service.
    There are lots of words which are gradually being changed by misuse, another political favourite is refute, which should mean disprove by evidence but when a politician says it, it means ‘I deny that allegation’ (normally because it is true) in the hope the press will report that politician X has refuted the allegation against him/her.

  2. 72joiner says:

    Another one that bugs me is the gradual devaluing of the title of Officer, once it meant somebody with real responsibility, now it is used for many people who only have very minor responsibility and powers.
    I have very great respect for PCSO’s, but they are not Police Officers and I feel the use of the word Officers in their title was intended to cause confusion and give a false impression of Police strengths.

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