Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 8)

Written by Civil Service World on 6 November 2015 in Feature
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Terminological Inexactitudes

Draft please
Toil for hours producing a coherent and impressive letter so that I can fulfil my teacher fantasy by needlessly tweaking it

Fast Stream
The civil service equivalent of Top Gun, but with overtones of sending small children up chimneys or down coal mines

Information management
So much more than just filing

White paper
Soft, strong, absorbent – and perforated at both ends. Easily disposed of once used

Joined-up thinking
Talking to a department other than your own more than once a year

Inclined to look favourably upon
So that's a yes, then?

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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)

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