Terminological inexactitudes: handy translations of Whitehall jargon (Vol. 19)

Written by Civil Service World on 2 December 2016 in Feature
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Civil Service World's regular guide to the very best in Whitehallese

Czar
Brought in to think the unthinkable, say the unsayable, become deeply frustrated and return to the private sector within six months 

"Welcome views"
Very much looking forward to passing your good ideas off as my own. See also: “Advice please” 

Director
A slightly more impressive job title than “head”, albeit one implying a level of control over events that you will never feel 

Treat official
Letters from Joe Public, to be kept at the bottom of the in-tray until the official concerned is really bored one afternoon 

Reflected on our priorities
We are performing a screeching U-turn but if we put it in paragraph six maybe nobody will work it out for a while. 

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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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