|Towards more picturesque speech™
Nominalisation — itself, a nominalisation of the verb to “nominalise” — is the act, as adored by solicitors as it is loathed by anyone who cares for the English language, of gutting a precise verb, by converting it into a noun and jamming a general verb in front of it.
Or should I say:
- Nominalisation is the act, which induces adoration in solicitors as much as it effects a sensation of loathing in anyone having a fondness for the English language, of ensuring the evisceration of a precise verb by effecting its conversion into a noun (or adjective) and ensuring the jammery of a general verb in front of it.
Dead give aways:
- the string “ion of”
- simple verbs: to be, to have, to do, to make or, most hideous of all, to effect.
- Why say “have visibility of” when you mean “see”?
- Why say “issue a notification to” when you mean “tell”?
- Why say “have a discussion about” when you mean “discuss”?
- Why say “we are supportive of” when you mean “we support”?
- Why say “have the appearance of being” when you mean “seem”?
Effecting the worst kind of nominalisation
- Why say “effect the conversion of shares” when you mean “convert the shares”?
- Goedel would be pleased.