Zero tolerance

The  Read Write Poem Staff prompt:  With words like codswallop, it’s clear that Read Write Poem member Marie Gauthier means business! Now is not the time to let your NaPoWriMo work ethic slack.  Clichés, idioms, what-have-you. As points of inspiration, you might think they’re dead in the water, but that’s a load of codswallop. Here’s what The Phrase Finder says about

 Zero tolerance  A form of policing that allows no crime or anti-social behaviour to be overlooked. As the name of a form of policing this term came into use in the USA in the 1970’s. This method typically involved allocating additional law-enforcement resources to areas where some form of crime, e.g. mugging or prostitution, was endemic and then applying the strict and uncompromising letter of the law. The term was reported in The New York Times in December 1972: “Federal officials say the calculations were based on ‘assuming zero tolerance’ from now on for ineligibility and overpayments.” The name, as well as the policing method, has since migrated to other countries. The term had been used in the USA in other contexts prior to the policing usage, for example, seeds which were treated with pesticides were often described as having ‘zero tolerance’ to disease. Also, in October 1943, The Ogden Standard-Examiner reported a precision machine tool called a ‘Zero-Tol’:  “The device makes it possible to set four tools at once. After the tools are set up, they return to their exact positions without special attention from the operator.”

 and what ViV says:

 I declare zero tolerance  for

poetic inversions and archaisms except where they suit my purpose;

 words like get and nice and beautiful, except in irony;

 poems with lumpy rhythm, except  on a rough, potholed road;

 nonsensical forced rhymes, except to make us laugh;

 incomprehensible metaphor, except to hide a secret;

 excessive length and wordiness: say what you mean and be done.


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5 Responses to Zero tolerance

  1. derrick2 says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Vivienne, unless I’m really stumped!


  2. tillybud says:

    That told us! 🙂 Nice one, Viv.


  3. Stan Ski says:

    BTW; For single spacing, try pressing ‘shift’ and ‘enter’.


  4. Stan Ski says:

    I prefer shorter pieces, especially for blogs (so that people actually have time to read them) prompt/subject matter permitting. Sometimes I get carried away though and instead of Plain English I end up rambling.


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