Using the code of officialdom you have inherited

Helping correct a friend’s job application, it makes me think how we hark back to old codes of power and authority through language. I have to make sure that I use for example words like “moreover” that we never use in spoken language. and the funny thing is, the person who is reading the application letter also probably feels like a young spring chicken who has to pretend to be a big authoritarian ogre. That always makes me think of Emmanuel Macron, adopting big Presidential mannerisms and behaviour when he is 40 years old and probably feels 25 inside!

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