British authorities told to cut out jargon

A list of 100 'non-words' has been compiled
June 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
British bureaucrats have been told to stop with the synergies, stakeholders and even sustainable communities. Instead, government officials should just start talking to people. The body that represents the country's local authorities has told its members to stop using management buzzwords, which only confuse people and make it harder to understand what local governments actually do.

The Local Government Association sent out a list of 100 "non-words" that need to be avoided if officials want to be understood.

The list of banned words includes popular but vague terms like: empowerment, coterminosity, synergies and revenue stream.

The association's chairman says it's time to stop hiding "behind impenetrable jargon and phrases."

In case you're wondering, coterminosity refers to a situation in which two organizations oversee the same geographical area.


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