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Here is the full list of 200 words which, the Local Government Association says should not be used by councils:

There is also a list of recommended substitutes, many of which are not equivalent, or are worse than the original. I support the idea, but it's a silly, amateurish list thought up by someone with a few pet peeves.

They suggest replacing "coterminous" by "singing from the same hymn sheet", which is a revolting cliche anyway. Maybe if people are singing from the same hymn sheet the best you can hope is that they end together..

All this has been better done, many times, notably by Ernest Gowers and Bruce Fraser. People who want to write woolly jargon were not stopped then, and they won't be stopped now.
I thought it might be rather fun to replace "client" by "person" in all my technical writing about computer systems.
Katy
On 18 Mar 2009, Ian Jackson wrote

The article is a bit misleading, as the relevant LGA press release doesn't say they "should not be used" full ... that "public sector bodies should avoid when talking to people about the work they do and the services they provide".

The relevant page at the LGA website is headed: "LGA urges the public sector to ditch jargon to help people during the recession".

Does this mean that jargon is OK during boom times?

http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=1716341

The list of suggested alternatives to the jargon terms misses the point of many of the terms to the extent that I would almost support the continued use of the jargon.
Ambassador - leader
Since when?
Blue sky thinking – thinking up ideas
Blue sky thinking is a particular approach to thunking up new ideas.

Core principles - beliefs
Core Value – belief
Core principles and values are not necessarily matters of belief. They may be externally imposed. An employee can be expected to perform in accordance with an organisation's principles and values without agreeing with them.
Meaningful dialogue – talking to people
Talking to people might sometimes be the same as having a meaningful dialogue, but this is far from guaranteed.
Pooled budgets - money
Pooled resources – time and money
Budgets and resources (time and money) are not necessarily pooled. A useful distinction is being discarded.
Some much crap, so little time.
Enough is enough.

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Blue sky thinking is a particular approach to thunking up new ideas.

"thunking" was a typo.

Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.english.usage)
Blue sky thinking is a particular approach to thunking up new ideas.

"thunking" was a typo.

Whodathunkit?

Laura
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What?
Actioned Advocate Agencies Ambassador

Should especially be outlawed in Salisbury, where the City Council use it to mean 'Traffic Warden'.
Area based Area focused Autonomous Baseline Beacon

Tough one, given "The Beacon Scheme is a prestigious award scheme that recognises excellence in local government".
http://www.beacons.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=1
Benchmarking Best Practice

Enough... but as Ian points out, many of these are pretty unexceptional.

DC
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There is also a list of recommended substitutes, many of which are not equivalent, or are worse than the original. ... I thought it might be rather fun to replace "client" by "person" in all my technical writing about computer systems.

As in person-server networking?
DC
On 18 Mar 2009, Ian Jackson wrote

The article is a bit misleading, as the relevant LGA press release doesn't say they "should not be used" full ... the services they provide". I take that to mean "keep jargon inside the office", which is a slightly different thing.

We have to allow them to request a level playing field when instructing the Parks Department., and I don't see why they can't be permitted to tell the local sportsmen when they've got one. I presume the 'ban' is really aimed at in-group uses of the words and phrases which might raise barriers between us and our servants.

Paul
Blue sky thinking is a particular approach to thunking up new ideas.

"thunking" was a typo.

Maybe, but it was good.

Posters should say where they live, and for which
area they are asking questions. I have lived in
Western Pa. 10 years
Indianapolis 10 years
Chicago 6 years
Brooklyn, NY 12 years
Baltimore 26 years
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Blue sky thinking is a particular approach to thunking up new ideas.

"thunking" was a typo.

Shame. I'd use it...
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