An Economy of Language

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I went down to the business center to print a document out, and I noticed this sign above each computer:

0828-PLEASE

They used twenty-four symbols to express something that could have been said with two ("Leave On") or, if they really wanted to be clear, four ("Do Not Turn Off"). 

But we have to use such treacle as "Guests", "kindness" and – a favorite of mine – "utilizing" instead of "use." Gawd, I need some George. You do too, whether you know it or not.

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