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Brand wins award for gobbledygook

The comic and actor Russell Brand has been recognised for his public speaking and authorship - with an award for gobbledygook.

Brand, who achieved notoriety in 2004 as the host of Big Brother's Big Mouth and has most recently been railing against the political system with two appearances on Newsnight and a book called Revolution, has been named the winner of the Plain English Campaign's Foot in Mouth award for 2014.

The campaign said Brand was "out on his own" among contenders for the title, adding: "While we admire Russell's determination to open up a debate about democracy and the dire state of the world, we struggle to make sense of most of his comments."

Among Brand's quotes singled out by the campaign as award-winners were: "The internal mayhem I'm feeling is spilling out everywhere. I loved it, and felt very connected to activism - particularly activism that feels loaded with potential. Not the oppositional activism that seems like there's a stasis around it - earnestly sincere, but a monolith equal to the establishment."

Another quote from Brand's book Revolution reads: "This attitude of churlish indifference seems like nerdish deference contrasted with the belligerent antipathy of the indigenous farm folk, who regard the hippie-dippie interlopers, the denizens of the shimmering tit temples, as one fey step away from transvestites."

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