Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 18)

Written by Civil Service World on 28 October 2016 in Feature
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Terminological Inexactitudes

Final draft
The only version on which anybody provides comments, as they can’t be bothered to look at the five previous drafts

Exciting 
Used to talk up a job that nobody wants to do: “This is an exciting chance for an enthusiastic and driven individual to intentionally poke a hornet’s nest and run away screaming.”

For information
I’m letting you know about this not because I care what you think but so we can share the blame if it goes wrong.

Kick into the long grass
Of course this remains a key government priority. That’s why we want to take an indefinite amount of time to get it right.

Bilateral
Two senior officials having a conversation about something.

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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)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 16)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 17)
Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 18)

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Submitted on 30 October, 2016 - 13:45
For information means 'i know you don't care but I am telling you anyway because it is necessary for you to know even if you don't have the sophistication to understand why'

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