Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 16)

Written by Civil Service World on 19 August 2016 in Feature
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Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese

 

Terminological Inexactitudes

Minded To Think About
A civil service classic. Doesn't mean anything – but sounds like it might. 

This has resource implications
We’d have to spend some money, so it’s best you know now that this scheme won’t happen 

Spin
We don’t do this. It’s totally against all the principles the civil service holds dear  

Special Advisers
A similar concept to “Special Schools”. Would be responsible for “Spin”, if it ever took place 

Review
This policy is going wrong but we can’t admit it. Let’s get an outsider to kill it for us instead 

We spoke.
Always followed by a full stop. Lets other people know that we have spoken and have a plan, but not what that plan is 

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

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