Source: Rebecca Gowers. Plain Words (2014 ed). p. 186 Middle.
Here are two more examples of sentences that have to be unravelled before they yield any meaning.
[1.] The Opposition refused leave for the withdrawal of a motion to annul an Order revoking the embargo on the importation of cut glass.
How could've I understood the sentence overhead more hurriedly, and not spend 15 minutes rewriting?
Can 1 be rewritten more precisely and reliability? Mine forsakes details.
1 can be streamlined to:
refused leave for the withdrawal ofa motion to annul an Order revoking the embargo [...].
'refuse leave for the withdrawal of' can be regarded as 'uphold'. So 2 can be simplified to:
uphelda motion to annul an Order revoking the embargo.
Upholding a motion to do X, signifies upholding X. So 3 ⇒:
- Opposition upheld annulling an Order revoking the embargo.
You'd uphold to annul X only if you scorn X. So 4 ⇒:
- Opposition scorns an Order revoking the embargo. QED.