Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Present Participle Banned in Brazil Federal District

You'd think this was a joke, but it's not. The present participle verb form has been banned by the Federal District Governor Jose Roberto Arruda, at least for use by his administration. The reason: inefficiency.

First of all, I had to look up what a present participle was. In English, it's a verb that ends in "ing", like "talking" or "walking." The reason he banned it was to eliminate vague promises by government officials, such as, "We'll be taking steps."

Naturally, he's taking (dang!) a lot of flak over this, particularly from those who believe this is a linguistic issue, not a government one, and also from bloggers who find it hilarious.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you shit me?

Federico Pignatelli said...

The present participle verb form has been banned by the Federal District Governor Jose Roberto Arruda, at least for use by his administration.

camobel said...

It will not succeed in reality, that's exactly what I think.