Wednesday, October 03, 2007

No "talking"! (But you can "talk")

No more gerunds for Brazilian bureaucrats:

Brazil's Federal District Governor Jose Roberto Arruda "fired" the present participle from his administration, citing inefficiency.

The present participle is hereby fired from all federal district entities," the governor wrote in a decree posted on the government's Web site last night. "As of today, it is forbidden as an excuse for INEFFICIENCY."

Banning the verb form, which ends in "ndo" in Portuguese ("ing" in English), was done to prevent government officials from using continuous tenses to obscure progress -- or the lack of it.
Not banned: using ALL CAPS, which appear to be in the original, too.

3 Comments:

Blogger The Modesto Kid said...

That's fantastic. But I think implementing it (or attempting to implement it) will be a huge source of added INEFFICIENCY: it will take much longer to prepare documents if at every step of the way you have to review the doc for illegal verb tenses and find suitable replacements.

4/10/07 9:31 AM  
Blogger The Neoskeptic said...

someone really does need to ban ALL CAPS. who's got jurisdiction?

4/10/07 12:29 PM  
Blogger Stanley said...

I think our President should speak only in the subjunctive mood. Past tense. En espaƱol

4/10/07 3:02 PM  

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