In what looks like becoming an annual thing, the Local Government Association has published its list of 250 words that it thinks the public sector should not use. I would go further and say they are words that people should never use in a professional environment.
I say it looks like becoming an annual thing because the LGA did something similar around this time last year. I wrote about it here.
For reference/pinning up on noticeboards/leaving on managers’ and executives’ desks the LGA have published the list as a PDF file.
My own thoughts on this list haven’t changed from when I first wrote about it last year.
I’d like to see red and yellow cards in use around offices for when people overdo the jargon. I was discussing this at a hostelry when someone suggested that the punishment for a red card should be a ballgag, locked in place for a few hours.
That would shut the Jockstrap brigade up!
What does this list tell us? Cut out the garbage, cut out the bulldust and use simple English.
It’s not rocket science.
The Local Government Association has published a list of jargon terms it wants banned. It has sent a list to local councils of words and phrases it wants them to stop using.
“And about time!” was my first reaction to this, and that was reinforced when I saw the list. I’ve always felt that spin belongs on the cricket field and not in the workplace.
Tony Collins has more on this including a list of offending words and phrases on his IT Projects blog at Computer Weekly. If this desire on the part of the LGA has its intended effect, no longer will people in office meetings be able to play what I’ve been led to believe is called “Bull**** Bingo”. That is the game where you write down a list of certain management and business phrases and, just like in a bingo game, you cross off a particular word or phrase when it is used, shouting “House!” when you have crossed off everything on your list.
Now shouting “House!” isn’t really a good idea in meetings – it marks you out for one thing – so usually a cough or a sneeze is regarded as the equivalent of shouting “House!”. So I’m led to understand.
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