New UK official’s office rules: No metric, ‘very’ or ‘got’

Jacob Rees-Mogg

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 file photo, British lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg gestures as he speaks at a meeting for eurosceptic think tank The Bruges group, in London. The new leader of Britain’s House of Commons has some old-fashioned rules for staff, banning metric measurements and ordering men to be addressed as “esquire.” A memo for staff of Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg published Friday, July 26 says men without aristocratic titles should get the suffix “Esq.” in correspondence. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

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LONDON (AP) — The new leader of Britain’s House of Commons has a painstaking list of grammar and etiquette rules for his staff.

A memo for employees in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s office directs them to avoid using words such as “very,” ”hopefully” and “got,” and to address men with the courtesy title “esquire.”

Conservative Party lawmaker Rees-Mogg is nicknamed “the honorable member for the 18th century” because of his formal dress, ornate rhetoric and conservative views.

The list, published Friday by ITV News , advises staff to “use Imperial measurements,” put a double space after periods and to put the “Esq.” after the names of non-aristocratic men in correspondence.

Rees-Mogg’s office says the list was written several years ago by his local staff and shared with the new staff after Prime Minister Boris Johnson named him Commons leader on Wednesday.

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