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Thread #86382   Message #1607759
Posted By: kendall
17-Nov-05 - 09:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: Irritatin' phrases....
Subject: RE: BS: Irritatin' phrases....
I worked for the government for many years and there is something called "Governmentese" Examples:

I communicated telephonically with so and so.
A critical high response area (potential trouble spot)
The defendant was in a state of non compliance.

Drove me nuts! I refused to use that gobblegook in my reports, so the boss sent me to report writing school. First thing the instructor said was : Watch the language in your reports. If you wish to say, "Mary had a little lamb, for Pete's sake, SAY Mary had a little lamb. Do NOT say "Mary possessed a dimunitive sheep."

I continued to write in plain English to the day I left the service.