One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A style of speech or writing characterized by jargon, euphemism, and abstractions, held to be typical of bureaucrats.
- ‘That, of course, is bureaucratese for saying ‘Employment growth in the core public sector is completely out of control and bears no resemblance to what the Government should be doing.’’
- ‘In the meantime, I strongly encourage those who think they're good at filling out forms and interpreting bureaucratese to apply for their own grants.’
- ‘Thirdly, the responses to many questions were in bureaucratese and had to be restated to obtain answers.’
- ‘To cut off media access as a response to this is typical ostrich-like Indian bureaucratese, and is unlikely to succeed in today's world.’
- ‘It articulates, in the lucid language of a single author, what the committee that wrote The National Security Strategy of the United States of America could only mumble in fuzzy bureaucratese.’
- ‘Use clear, concise language to communicate, not bureaucratese to impress.’
- ‘If there's a point to these guys, it's that there's an awful lot of bureaucratese and jargon around that officials use to evade responsibility and it's useful to have someone point that out.’
- ‘On health and schools, Mr Latham often spoke in a ponderous bureaucratese punctuated by ‘we'll fix everything’ conclusions.’
- ‘People may commence and attend in the wonderful world of bureaucratese, but it is start and go in real speech.’
- ‘In bureaucratese, the committee will be known as a citizen-and-expert advisory group, and will select new and emerging technologies for disposing of 20 per cent of the city's garbage by 2006.’
- ‘He speaks not in the level, sturdy bureaucratese that we associate with law enforcement but in the cocky, profanity-laden patois of the corner kingpin.’
- ‘Even if it is bureaucratese, bureaucratic and grandiose.’
- ‘Couched in first-class bureaucratese, the document lists the programs that city staff recommend be slashed.’
- ‘Wikipedia has laws, written down in good bureaucratese, and it has a hierarchy of administrators and what Wales calls ‘good editors’ to ‘police’ the site.’
- ‘Of course, most good soldiers will spot the bureaucratese right away and realize that a book about the ‘total Army’ is going to have as many photos of finance officers as front-line troops.’
- ‘One of the main causes, in first-class bureaucratese, is known as a combined sewer overflow.’
- ‘This leader, who comes so well-advertised, tends to stutter and to revert to managerial bureaucratese.’
- ‘That is bureaucratese for saying that he is doing nothing.’
- ‘It can be immensely difficult to establish whether someone's meeting miles of regulations written in bureaucratese.’
- ‘This sounds like bureaucratese for public relations, so I would feel pretty safe adding this into the overhead costs.’
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