A spokesman added the phrases could even confuse English speakers who
were "under stress or in a hurry". Campaigners said the decision was to
give up Latin was “short-sighted” because they have been part of common
parlance for hundreds of years.
But the Government Digital Service (GDS) said the move was designed to
promote “plain English”.
GOV.UK includes the websites of all government departments as well as
several other agencies and public bodies. The website receives millions
of hits every month.
Writing on the blog Inside GOV.UK, GDS content manager Persis Howe
explained: "We promote the use of plain English on GOV.UK. We advocate
simple, clear language. Terms like eg, i.e. and etc., while common, make
reading difficult for some.
务委员会的负责人 Persis Howe 在
使用简洁英语。我们倡导使用更简单，清晰的语言。像 e.g., i.e.
Anyone who didn’t grow up speaking English may not be familiar with
them. Even those with high literacy levels can be thrown if they are
reading under stress or are in a hurry - like a lot of people are on the
He said: “Latin is part of our cultural heritage and it’s part of the
basis of English. It unites us with other cultures throughout Europe and
the world who have a connection with the Romance languages.