Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 15)

Written by Civil Service World on 9 June 2016 in Feature
Feature

Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese

 

Advice please
I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. Your turn 

Freedom of Information
An ingenious marketing ploy dreamt up by the Post-it note company 

I have reservations
Look, I knew you were a bit dim, but really now... 

Close of play
How on earth did you miss this incredibly specific deadline? 

Comprehensive Spending Review
I comprehensively reckon there’s a bit more blood in these stones. This review should give your department absolute certainty about spending totals for almost five months 

Ongoing challenges
No, select committee, of course that’s not the sound of everything exploding 

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          ​More in the series:

Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. I)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 2)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 3)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 4)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 5)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 6)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 7)

Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 8)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 9)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 10)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 11)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 12)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 13)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 14)​

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Submitted on 23 September, 2016 - 17:36
Close of play is not Whitehallese. It is use widely across private industry. The civil service and its departments likes to think that it is special by having their own language, but a lot of their own language is not their own.

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