Education: How to Gowerize

In spite of the fame of Henry W. Fowler's Modern English Usage, Britons never coined the verb "to fowlerize." But in official circles, at least, they are beginning to use "to gowerize." Its source is leathery Sir Ernest Cowers, 74, a retired civil servant who has been waging a relentless war against the turgid prose called officialese. Last week, from Sir Ernest's new book, The Complete Plain Words (Her Majesty's Stationery Office), thousands of readers both in and out of the service were learning what gowerizing is all about—"to say what you mean in...

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