People, Persons and Jargony Mush

I thought of this quote today:

Do you want your writing to be instantly transformed into a mucky mess of corporate and legalese-sounding jargony mush? Then be sure to use persons as the plural word for person. Whiz! Bang! You’ve got yourself something no one will want to read.

when I read this tweet quoting the United Methodist Book of Discipline:

“People” is a perfectly good word. Why “persons”? 

“A mucky mess of corporate and legalese-sounding jargony mush” describes much of the language in the Book of Discipline. For those who are interested, Rethink Church’s citation comes from ¶163.C) of the 2012 edition.

 

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