This recession requires the British government to drop its jargon and get consensually transparent, er, clear. A government agency frets that people are missing out on services because they don't understand bureaucratic lingo like the following phrases, per Reuters:
- Slippage: Why not just admit the delay?
- A menu of options offers choices.
- Cascading means to send an e-mail around.
- Democratic legitimacy comes when someone is voted in.
- If something distorts spending priorities, doesn't it just ignore people's needs?
- The government partakes in coterminous stakeholder engagement by talking to the people.
- Clients and stakeholders—a Tony Blair fave—are both just people.
- Imagine if the Obama campaign swapped "change" for transformational.
- Predictors of beaconicity: No guesses as to what this means.