Council Told To Mind Their Language

SOMETIMES you do sit in meetings and think: “Did they just make that word up?” You used to have something in common with someone. Now you have “synergy”. Optimists became “blue sky thinkers” and whereas three of us would have a chat down the pub, it is now a “trialogue”

Now the Local Government Association have issued a list of 250 words that Thurrock and other councils should avoid using when interfacing sorry speaking to the public.

Chairman of the Local Government Association, Dame Margaret Eaton, said: “The public sector must not hide behind impenetrable jargon and phrases. Why do we have to have a ‘webinar trialogue for the wellderly’ when the public sector could just ‘talk about caring for the elderly’ instead?

“During the recession, it is vital that we explain to people in plain English how to get access to the services the public sector provides with taxpayers’ money.”

Among the banned words are: Trialogue, Wellderly, Goldfish Bowl Facilitated Conversation, Tonality, Webinar, Under-Capacitated, Clienting and Disbenefits.

All the words can be found at: http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/9424111

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