I would like briefly to bring some balance to the Rudd-lovin' that goes on here (lead admirably by Comrade Insertnamehere).
If a Martian came to Earth and read only this blog, they would assume our Prime-Minister was some sort of highly admired uberlord of the world. They would then assume that given his intelligence, charm and genius, that his syntax was exemplary. As such, they'd be saying 'in terms of' a lot.
Here's some Rudd quotes, each followed by my humble suggestion as to how he should have structured his sentence.
1. (Rudd and Swan will work with the Obama admin)... "not just on financial market regulations but also in terms of stimulus to the real economy".
My suggestion: "not just on financial markets but also on economic stiumulus."
2. Rudd angry about Pacific Brands: "In terms of the money they have got from the government, we will go through all of that in terms of what can be extracted back from them."
My suggestion: "We shall consider a return of Government money"
3. To Kerry on the 7.30 report: "...my responses to many of these questions in parliaments in recent weeks have been framed in terms of one, global oil supply, what can be done to boost investment in those countries which are the principal oil exporters? There's a problem there. Two, on the demand side. Global initiatives on energy efficiencies and the huge great push countries of China and India? Three, what do you do in terms of energy efficiency in economies like our own? That goes to the whole regime of fuel efficient cars, in particular. Four, what do you do in terms of an alternative fuel strategy? And five, what do you do in terms of public transport, in order to make it accessible, particularly in our metro areas?"
My suggestion: That Kevin reads some quality literature (Shakespeare perhaps) to remind himself that our language enables us to express things concisely and beautifully at the same time, without burying one's meaning in corporatespeak.
And to stop licking his lips and eating his own earwax.