I was glad to see Jacob Rees-Mogg’s style guide because it put me right on something I’ve struggled with. I’m probably not going to use Esq. all that much - (Envelopes?) (Handwriting?) (Postman Pat?) in fact I’ve almost forgotten how to hold my pen - but I was particularly glad to hear that organisations are singular.
That means I must call the BBC “it” and not “they” or ‘them”. If I remember.
I think this Esq. thing is a bit of a solecismn Wikipedia says in "the United Kingdom, Esquire historically was a title of respect accorded to men of higher social rank, particularly members of the landed gentry above the rank of gentleman and below the rank of knight". I thought it was only used for Reader's Digest campaigns.ReplyDelete
I agree with JRM on double space after full stops...certainly for official documents it improves comprehension.
Imperial "measurements"? Does he mean imperial units/the imperial system. Is he expecting Civil Servants to convert the 75 cl for a bottle of wine into pints? How absurd!!
Perhaps it was good he wasn't appointed Chancellor after all...