Last weekend, Lucy Kellaway, the management columnist for the Financial Times, welcomed the end to an era of “sloppy informality”. Citing an “elaborately punctuated” text message from a tardy, young colleague of hers, as well as a survey of recent e-mails from readers, Kellaway determined that:
Just as recession encourages people to put on ties (as I wrote last week), it also makes them look more kindly on the capital letter and the semicolon. When people are losing their jobs, correct dress and correct usage of words seem like a good insurance policy.
She went on to gleefully note that this crisis-induced punctiliousness is affecting entire industries. Unlike French teenagers and the British government, “the private sector is falling over itself to talk posh and the more endangered the industry, the posher its executives are talking.”
While Kellaway welcomes this return to pomposity, I find her argument misguided.
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