I’ve been thinking about the use of various words of late.
One of the reasons for doing so is because I spent a couple of days during this month at a language school to the South of Madrid:
I was talking to some of the students about Cockney Rhyming slang,
and aspects of the everyday use of the various languages which one hears within London.
Now I discover that the British Local Government Association
has produced a list of:
200 words and phrases that all public sector bodies should avoid when talking to people about the work they do and the services they provide.
Here is an example of just what is to be found within this list:
– Baseline – starting point
– Customer – people/person
– Outsourced – privatised
– Rationalisation – cut
– Revenue Streams – money.
– Slippage – delay.
– Thinking outside of the box – Why use at all?
It’s refreshing to read that at long last there is an attempt to curtail the use of so many of these detested corporate terms.