Flacks’ Argot Rejected Upon Receipt

The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten is fed up with the language employed by PR execs. So he came up with a solution. He turned the tables and queried them with language that mimics their own.
Here he is asking his contact at Meir Kahtan a question about MasterCard:

Given the degree to which the deployment of incentives-based purchasing paradigms leads to the accretion of goods and the contracting of services by consumers in patterns and to extents that may prove inimical to the sorts of budgetarily sagacious decision-making vis-a-vis the prudent marshaling of available resources and or investment strategies, might your new program, through positive reinforcement of negatively nuanced patterns of behavior, contribute to economic nonviability on a user-based scale?

[via Andy Lark]



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.