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In brief, there used to be two types of secondary education in Britain. Pupils took an exam known popularly as the "eleven plus" (no prizes for the age at which it was given). Those who passed it went to an academic school, possibly on to University. Those who failed were sent to trade schools.
This separation was mostly abandoned in the 1960's, and replaced by Comprehensive schools. As everyone went to the same type of school, academic standards necessarily dropped.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
One could possibly quibble that this doesn’t quite capture the term’s contemporary popular usage as a stand-in for software programs that issue rankings, recommendations, or decisions, as in “the YouTube algorithm.”
One could, just as one can use the word without knowing the meaning. Doesn't mean you're right.
You can quibble all you want, but it still is exactly what it was ages ago.
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"If you just follow the bacon Eddy, wherever it leads you, then you won't have to think about politics." -- Some Bell.
Unlike our House of Commons, the House of Lords is largely composed of the sort of person to whom accuracy, preciseness and succinctness are valued attributes. One of, indeed their primary, functions is to review and critique legislation proposed by the Commons. In doing so they will frequently identify ambiguities, assumptions and non-sequiturs that the law-makers have overlooked. Like judges, I suspect they frequently ask questions to which they very well know the answer, but do so to highlight the illogicality or disconnect of a certain phrase. They may be much maligned but they serve a vital purpose.
The current most evil culprit is "issues" (I feel dirtied just typing in by way of example).
Every ing thing is an issue. Weather Issues. Traffic Issues.
At first, I thought they were just trying to sound clever. I was in error.
The reality is, as smut-phone zombies, which malady has overtaken an entire generation, they simply lack the actual vocabulary necessary to describe an event so they use the catch-all and then they can all nod their somewhat empty heads in agreement.
Long gone are the good old days when a cat's biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives.