One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The formal and typically verbose style of writing considered to be characteristic of official documents, especially when it is difficult to understand.
- ‘His letter is expressed in his own language, and not in officialese, but to my mind it is clearly a formal request to carry out the works referred to.’
- ‘The vulgar language was a way of signalling to the voters that he was one of them, not speaking in political officialese or respecting the conventions of polite society.’
- ‘In 1979, taking a different tack, Plain English Campaign publicly destroyed government forms as the opening move in a crusade against officialese and obfuscation.’
- ‘Imagine if we were able as a church to leave aside all the bureaucratic officialese, all the empty titles, and all the massaging of personal egos.’
- ‘I'm thinking, for example, of so-called legalese and officialese - sentences like ‘We are in receipt of your communication of 12 inst. and wish to convey our most sincere gratitude for same.’’
- ‘The simple lending and savings schemes described as ‘micro-financing’ or ‘micro-credit’ in officialese, is seen as the viable solution to livelihood where poverty is the overriding factor.’
- ‘They have been ‘settled,’ as colonial officialese put it, by a set of State policies that might be better described as disciplined and tamed.’
- ‘That is officialese for saying that they are making the mandatory bow to non-commercial programming, but note that it is only open to the same commercial broadcasters.’
- ‘In rather guarded officialese, it points to a shaky financial situation with the potential for huge financial losses.’
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