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The Coalition government has taken a severe credibility hit after switching its policy on Gonski school funding from “we support it” to “actually, we don’t support it” (AKA lying right before the election). Whatever your politics, it’s a textbook example of how being accurate with your language usage is important.
Imperial units are confusing, needlessly complex and absurdly difficult to work with. And yet, the world’s biggest superpower continues to embrace this archaic system of measurement (re-dubbed “United States customary units”.) They can even be quite touchy about it, as Head Squeeze host Matt Parker learned during a post about the A4 paper scale. Undeterred, Parker hit back at his detractors with a hilariously straight-faced “defense” of the system. Unleash the barleycorns of war…
Mind Your Language is not a tolerant column. Accuracy matters, and we don’t admit many exceptions. So this is notable. This is the only context where we’re prepared to let you deliberately use incorrect punctuation.