WORDS ABOUT WORDS
Bear up, brave clerklets, though the lights of learning
Your quaint commercial English sadly shocks,
And even your bosses are agreed in spurning
Your 'inst,' and 'ult,' and 'prox.'
I like the pleasant jargon: I should miss it
If firms no more ('per pro.' before their name)
Should 'thanks me for past favours and solicit
Continuance of the same.'
Punch, Commercialisms, 1922
Posted on January 21, 1999 at 11:20 AM