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vanishedone commented on the word predictors of beaconicity
B.B.C. News: 'Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, with "predictors of beaconicity" and "taxonomy" among the worst horrors... Cliches such as "level playing field" and inscrutable terms like "re-baselining" have been prohibited... The LGA's list includes suggested translations of some terms, such as "measuring" for the civil servant's favourite "benchmarking", "idea" for "seedbed", "delay" for "slippage" and "buy" for "procure"... Town hall workers are urged not to use the words "mainstreaming", "holistic", "contestability" and "synergies"... Ms Eaton said: "Why do we have to have 'coterminous, stakeholder engagement' when we could just 'talk to people' instead?'
Some of these seem more objectionable than others; I find taxonomy useful enough, admittedly in an academic setting, and measuring is a more general concept than benchmarking.
March 18, 2009
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