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The decay of public language

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Death Sentence is an essay by a man called Don Watson. He is best known as the speach writer for Paul Keeting, the once Australian Prime Minester. This work points out some interesting things about the way our language is developing (or not developing).The View is something like this: Public language is taking up with phrases used for business. These phrases are incapeble of any poetic or meaningfull description. So, public language decays and with it the language of the people who are being spoken to.