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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Banned in Britain

Britain's Local Government Association has released a list of "250 words that should not be used by the public sector when providing information to the public". They include:
apportionment
brain dump
centricity
coterminosity
disbenefits
edge-fit
headroom for change
hereditament
meaningful reusable interactivity
predictors of beaconicity
thought shower
under-capacitated
worklessness

One tries to imagine a world in which the inhabitants speak to each other like this. Maybe there's hope - the LGA after all has also banned some words that are now so common in bureacratic jargon that I hardly even notice them anymore, like:
best practice
core value
dialogue [presumably used as a verb]
empowerment
exemplar
holistic
interface [also presumably used as a verb]
low hanging fruit
paradigm
proactive
stakeholder
synergy
thinking outside the box
and my personal pet peeve
going forward
Maybe this is a sign that the apocalypse has been postponed. George Orwell can spin a little more slowly in his grave.

(HT: Improbable Research)

3 comments:

Barb R said...

But the good news is that "stupid" isn't on the list!!

Aviator said...

You forgot "past history" - since all history is past, this bit of bureaucratic redundancy is particularly irritating.

Bubba said...

or Future Planning - my favourite to hate.