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:
— Rethink Church (@umrethinkchurch) September 1, 2014
“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.