May I have a word about… Mike Lynch and tech’s ‘trial of the century’ | Jonathan Bouquet

As the court case between the Autonomy founder and Hewlett-Packard rumbles on, the real loser is the English language

You come across some phrases that are so toe-curlingly vile, obnoxious and just plain wrong that they make you blench. One such occurred in a report on the continuing case between Mike Lynch and Hewlett-Packard, which I’m sure has you on the edge of your seat.

Said report contained the following: “Lynch founded software company Autonomy in 1996, which went on to become one of the UK’s tech darlings, based out of Cambridge.” Why in God’s name should a phrase such as “based out of” be allowed to pollute all that is great and good about the English language? “Based in” suffices. I suppose I should be grateful that Autonomy wasn’t headquartered there, but the damage has already been done.

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