The language of travel

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_96Why do the people who run our transport have to make everything so complicated? None of them seem to have heard of Plain English. Surely there is a direct link between passengers understanding what they are told and an easier life for the staff?

I’m sure the comparable vocabulary in other countries isn’t as obscure as these phrases.

  • Alight
  • Terminate
  • Intermediate stop
  • Your forward journey
  • Disembarkation
  • Your attention please
  • “Non EU nationals please present their landing card”
  • “Attention! This is an elevator outage notification.”

Perhaps I live a sheltered life, but I bet most parents don’t tell their children “Please alight now as the school run terminates here.”

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