One of the things that really stuck out from this week’s bus timetable changes was nothing to do with the timetables as such: it was the awkward passive terminology employed. Thus Stagecoach talked of other bus operators running their services “following the loss of TfGM support”. But TfGM will still be supporting the service financially, just another operator won with a cheaper bid. And they’re not the only ones: take this poster (right) I saw at Birmingham International. In what way is the route being improved? Or do they just mean standard maintenance and engineering works?
There’s one station announcer I encounter regularly who apologises that trains are “meeting with x minutes delay”. You mean that the train is delayed by 10 minutes? And not to mention the fact that we’re all customers these days instead of bog-standard passengers. Any more examples of phrases that rile you? Vent your spleen below the line!