By Civil Service World

19 Feb 2016

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


Brief
An oxymoron – a brief is anything but. In the same way that a “line to take” is always a paragraph.

Media handling strategy
Obviously we don’t do spin. But what’s the best way to bury this forever? 

Working group
Because you might as well have some company when you’re failing to achieve anything. 

You should be aware
At a time like this, it’s really important to remember that nobody ever achieved anything by shooting a messenger. 

Plain English
Words featuring one to two syllables. To be avoided where possible.

Full and frank exchange of views
A right old ding-dong.

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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)

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