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The Banned List
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John Rentoul heads the committee that maintains the Banned List - his ever-growing collection of over-used, meaningless and offensive words and phrases. He is also chief political commentator for the Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he has worked for the BBC and New Statesman, and on an oil rig in the North Sea.

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* A passionate and witty defence of the benefits of writing in clear English for the 21st century and an examination of the ways in which jargon hinders rather than helps communication.; * The definitive case against the use of jargon and bad writing and why we should care - expressed clearly, eloquently and concisely.; * Concludes with the definitive Banned List of words and phrases.; * Developed from the author's popular Banned List blog at the Independent (John has over 14,000 Twitter followers and the List has attracted much debate from many of them).; * The perfect gift for any language lover (or jargon addict).; * Dedicated web address linking to the blog on the Independent's site: www.bannedlist.co.uk

About the Author

John Rentoul heads the committee that maintains the Banned List - his ever-growing collection of over-used, meaningless and offensive words and phrases. He is also chief political commentator for the Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he has worked for the BBC and New Statesman, and on an oil rig in the North Sea.

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"Am loving the Banned List. Will be my stock Xmas pressie. Was reading on bus earlier; woman next to me started tutting because I laughed too much." --Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics at Nottingham University; "Reading the brilliant - or should that be superb? - John Rentoul Banned List manifesto. Must buy." --Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor, The Daily Telegraph

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