7 questions on council jargon
Midweek quiz: Council jargon
Councils have been told to cut the gibberish and speak plain English - and the Local Government Association has compiled a list of 200 banned words. But do you know your baselines from your blue sky thinking? Test yourself with this Call My Bluff-style quiz.
1.) Council jargon quiz
What does it mean when a department is "top down"?
- It is short staffed
- It has too many managers
- It's ignoring people
2.) Council jargon quiz
"Idea" is a simple word, but what do councils use instead?
- Green shoot
3.) Council jargon quiz
If councillors ask you to "cross cut", what do they actually want you to do?
- Work with them
- Cut costs
- Change jobs
4.) Council jargon quiz
If you're "working out" a problem, what do councils say you're doing?
5.) Council jargon quiz
If a council is having "coterminous, stakeholder engagement" what is it doing?
- Sending out questionnaires
- Working with the local community
- Talking to people
6.) Council jargon quiz
You may call people without a job the unemployed, but what do councils call them?
- Career challenged
- Home bound
7.) Council jargon quiz
If a council is "horizon scanning" what is it doing?
- Removing street clutter, like bollards and railings
- Doing an audit of council services
- Looking for early warning of potential problems
- Top down means ignoring people, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
- Seedbed is often used instead of idea, says the LGA.
- Cross cut means working together, according to the LGA.
- It's scoping, according to the LGA.
- "Coterminous, stakeholder engagement" simply means talking to people, says the LGA.
- Worklessness has been used by councils instead of unemployed, says the LGA.
- The council is looking for early warning of potential problems, says the LGA.
Council jargon quiz
0 - 3 : Gobbledegook
4 - 6 : Making some sense
7 - 7 : Plain speaking
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