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Mar. 18th, 2009 | 05:03 am

  • "Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, with "predictors of beaconicity" and "taxonomy" among the worst horrors... The Local Government Association says such words and phrases must be avoided for staff to "communicate effectively"... Cliches such as "level playing field" and inscrutable terms like "re-baselining" have been prohibited."

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Jargon

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 18th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, right - you think councils are going to go with this? If they do people will realise that they don't do much at all. As long as they have their predictors of beaconicity they can pretend they know something Joe Public doesn't know.

Do you think a predictor of beaconicity is an on/off switch for a zebra crossing belisha beacon?

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 18th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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There's nothing wrong with taxonomy. It's a technical word, but has a clear and precise meaning which is difficult to express otherwise

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Taxonomy

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 18th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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I very much doubt that local authorities are talking about the
practice and science of classification in an hierarchical structure - they simply mean classification and, if they were using it correctly, few people would probably understand what they meant. Mostly they use it to sound posh when they mean any kind of classification, so why not just use a word most of us can understand.

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 19th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
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I suppose it depends on the intended use of the words. I would agree that taxonomy may not be for general consumption in, say, a leaflet on benefit entitlement; but for a professional audience - and they do have to talk to local authorities - taxonomy may be entirely acceptable.

All qualified teachers, for example, will have heard of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.

Taxic Hazard

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Words

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 19th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
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What surprised me was that the LGA didn't put the simple words that should have been used. I doubt most of the people using the complex/stupid words would know what to put instead they are so up their own backsides with jargon.

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