U.K. local governments making effort to reduce jargon



  • This seems surprisingly sane:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8561198.stm

     Now if I could just get local governments to move forward on that Brian Peppers holiday I've been advocating...



  • Goldfish bowl facilitated conversation - A meeting in which people sit in a circle.

    Learn something every day.



  •  It'll never pass.

    Because it's sane.

    We should just utilise the reticulation of irretrificable low-meadowed synergies.



  • @dhromed said:

     

    We should just utilise the reticulation of irretrificable low-meadowed synergies.

    Well, sure, that would work if you don't care to leverage the paradigm shift of our core compentencies into increased mindshare.  But then, you'd be an idiot.



  •  facilication with circumventile documentoids is the way of perlocutation, you know.



  • @Zecc said:

    Goldfish bowl facilitated conversation - A meeting in which people sit in a circle.

    Learn something every day.

    Huh.  It should mean:

    Goldfish bowl facilitated conversation - A meeting in which you explain the same goddam' shit to the same goddam' idiots yet again because they don't have the memory span to hold it in their brain from the last time you told it to them at yesterday's meeting and you just know they will have forgotten it again in time for tomorrow's meeting ...


    Although maybe that's more of a groundhog day facilitated conversation



  • OK, being from America, English isn't my native language, so can someone explain what a "quango" is? As in:

    It said government departments, local authorities and quangos were all guilty of crimes against the English language.

    Also, since when is "tonality" not a word:

    Also on the 250-word list are tonality, trialogue, clienting and "goldfish bowl facilitated conversation".

    I think my music theory teacher would have had a hard time teaching class without that word.



  • @dcardani said:

    OK, being from America, English isn't my native language, so can someone explain what a "quango" is?
    A waste of time and money.



    Oh - not quite the answer you're after. It's a, sometimes pejorative, term used for a (non-elected) group to deal with stuff elected people should be dealing with, if it needed dealing with to begin with. Usually funded from the public purse. Most quangos are seen to be unnecessary by those who know what they do, and care about what they affect.



  • @PJH said:

    @dcardani said:
    OK, being from America, English isn't my native language, so can someone explain what a "quango" is?
    A waste of time and money.



    Oh - not quite the answer you're after. It's a, sometimes pejorative, term used for a (non-elected) group to deal with stuff elected people should be dealing with, if it needed dealing with to begin with. Usually funded from the public purse. Most quangos are seen to be unnecessary by those who know what they do, and care about what they affect.
     

    What he said, plus it apparently comes from Quasi Autonomous Non Governmental Organisation.



  • @DaveK said:

    Although maybe that's more of a groundhog day facilitated conversation
     

    Except you don't get the chick.

    And you don't get to be Bill Murray. 

     

    : ((((((((((



  • Jargon is wonderful stuff. Only the other day, I told someone 'no chance, f*ck off' without getting fired:

    "There is also a longer-term technical goal to enhance the functionality of the [application] by writing-in support for [stuff],
    but, as I am sure you will understand, this is very much subject to business-case-based imminency prioritization."

    BCBIP conflicts are a great way to explain almost anything. It makes it sound like something to do with networking.



  • @davedavenotdavemaybedave said:

    Jargon is wonderful stuff. Only the other day, I told someone 'no chance, f*ck off' without getting fired

    Agreed on that point, but there's a WORLD of difference between getting clueless suited clowns off your back at work; and attempting to explain in a simple, comprehensible way to your constituents (who ultimately pay your wages, voted you into power, and can in time vote you OUT of power) what you have done, or are doing, or plan to do in future.



  • @dcardani said:

    OK, being from America, English isn't my native language, so can someone explain what a "quango" is?

    To add to the descriptions offered here by other Brits, the more usual current term for a quango is a 'public body.' For example, the Accounts Commission for Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Arts Council, the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, etc., etc. (I recently did a small job for the Standards Commission for Scotland ;) ).

    @dcardani said:

    Also, since when is "tonality" not a word

    When it's being used as intentionally obfuscating gobbledegook by those paid for from the public purse; as opposed to its proper use of describing (e.g.) a violinist's performance, a novel, a movie, or a stage play. I don't think anyone is arguing about terms like that being used by (for example) music theory teachers.



  •  Good grief, the things you big business types get away with. If I talked about our under-capacitated synergy, my bosses would look at me like I just proudly exclaimed that I have gophers in my pants.



  • @dhromed said:

    @DaveK said:

    Although maybe that's more of a groundhog day facilitated conversation
     

    Except you don't get the chick.

    And you don't get to be Bill Murray. 

    So, it's not all bad then?  Tell you what, we'll split the difference: I'll get the chick, you can be Bill Murray.  If that's your idea of a good time ...




  • @DaveK said:

    you can be Bill Murray.  If that's your idea of a good time ...
     

    I will star in movies that basically everybody likes.



  • @Cad Delworth said:

    To add to the descriptions offered here by other Brits, the more usual current term for a quango is a 'public body.' For example, the Accounts Commission for Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Arts Council, the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, etc., etc. (I recently did a small job for the Standards Commission for Scotland ;) ).
    There's a committee that ensures people who have TVs pay their TV tax.  Would that be a quango to you?  Or did I completely miss the meaning altogether?



  • @Zecc said:

    Goldfish bowl facilitated conversation - A meeting in which people sit in a circle.

    Learn something every day.

    And here I've just been throwing glodfish  goldfish bowls at people. . . . .



  • @roothorick said:

    If I talked about our under-capacitated synergy, my bosses would look at me like I just proudly exclaimed that I have gophers in my pants.
    My boss often looks at me that way.  He doesn't understand why I'm so proud about the gopher.


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