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Questionable 'principals'.

IREGULARLY look at the job advertisements in the Daily Post. The bilingual advertisements are a demonstration that we live in a nation with two languages in daily use. The public display of our two languages, with equal prominence, sends an important cultural signal. A welcome side effect is to help learners like me who often struggle with technical terms.

As a result of last week's advertisement from Heddlu Gogledd Cymru, I now know that a Forensic Collision Investigator is a "Ymchwilydd Gwthdrawiadau". I also learnt ACPO, the chief constables' organisation, is translated as CPSH. It took me a little while to work that one out.

Reading through the Welsh text of the advertisement, I discovered that the successful applicant would need a clear understanding of egwyddorion mathemategol. That seems a perfectly reasonable professional requirement: the appointee will have to investigate and report on many different types of road traffic collision. But I was baffled by the English text. It called for the investigation of collisions "by application of mathematical principals". Why on earth should highly numerate college heads be involved?
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2012
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