Thursday, February 4, 2016

Outstanding example of the corporate passive voice

Behind its thick curtain of trees, Toms River Chemical was spending as little money on pollution control as it could. The company's executives had been explicit about this in 1968, according to an internal memo describing their reaction to a report on various waste treatment options: "After review of this report by top management, the policy of making these expenditures only as fast as absolutely necessary was stated."
Dan Fagin, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation (New York: Bantam Books, 2014), p. 104

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