Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been named as the winner of the UK-based Plain English Campaign’s annual Foot in Mouth Awards for a comment she apparently made in June in which she said: “I love England, especially the food. There’s nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta.”
She joins an illustrious line-up of past winners including Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Gere, Alicia Silverstone and Tracey Emin.
Winners of the accompanying Golden Bull Awards (given for the “worst examples of written tripe”), meanwhile, included Germaine Greer, who wrote in a column for the UK’s Guardian newspaper that “The first attribute of the art object is that it creates a discontinuity between itself and the unsynthesised manifold”. Any ideas anyone on what she is talking about?
How about this Golden Bull winner from Eastleigh Borough Council in the UK: “Hereby in accordance with the provision of the Building Act 1984, Section 32 declares that the said plans shall be of no effect and accordingly the said Act and the said Building Regulations shall as respects the proposed work have effect as if no plan had been deposited.”
What’s been your worst experience of “gobbledygook”?