‘LGAs’. Since when did this ugly piece of bureaucratic jargon become part of everyday English? Because the bureaucrats keep rattling off ‘LGA’ (for ‘local government area’) in their briefings, too many sheep-like journalists keep repeating it. We are told that part of the compliance problem is among arrivals with little or no command of English. If there really is a language problem, jargon such as ‘LGAs’ can only make matters worse. It turns our language into a bizarre code that only the cognoscenti can properly de-code. Yet another linguistic absurdity to tick up to the credit of the bureaucratic mindset that is ruining our lives these days.
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