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Sunday, June 1, 2008
Regarding charge….

To begin with there is no such word as ‘Ombud’, as far as I know. It may be a term adopted to get round the ‘man’ thing. It’s a horrible word, like hairstylists using the word, unisex. And it doesn’t make sense if you read about the root of the word as follows.

The word “ombudsman” originated in Scandinavia and means “representative of the people.” In Sweden, there were government officials appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials.
An ombudsman (sorry, Ombud) investigates complaints, reports findings, and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties, principally ‘consumers’.
The word derives from the Old Norse word, umbodh: um (regarding) and bodh (charge, commission, or administration by a delegacy). This led to the Swedish word, umbodhsmadhr, meaning deputy, plenipotentiary: having added madhr (man).
In Sweden an ombudsman was a deputy who looked after the interests and legal affairs of a group such as a trade union or business. In 1809 the office of riksdagens justitieombudsman was created to act as an agent of justice, that is, to see after the interests of justice in affairs between the government and its citizens. This office of ombudsman and the word ombudsman have been adopted elsewhere, as in individual states in the US. The term has also been expanded in sense to include people who perform the same function for business corporations or newspapers.

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