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:: Thursday, March 19, 2009 ::

Jargon

Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon. The Local Government Association says such words and phrases must be avoided for staff to "communicate effectively."

Here is the full list of 200 words which, the Local Government Association says should not be used by councils.

Can you imagine trying to write an Environmental Impact Assessment (part of my job) without referring to the Baseline conditions, Best Practice approach to construction, using Guidelines, making your assessment Robust, performing a Scoping exercise or considering Sustainability?

I can see that these GUIDELINES are suggesting that these words should be avoided unless necessary (it was the BBC who called it a ban) but many of them already are the best way of explaining something in plain English.

There's no excuse for Blue sky thinking though.

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