from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Language characteristic of official documents or statements, especially when obscure, pretentiously wordy, or excessively formal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the formal and often obscure style of writing characteristic of some government officials; bureaucratese; -- it is characterized by euphemisms, circumlocutions, vague abstractions, and circumlocutions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the style of writing characteristic of some government officials: formal and obscure
Very interesting, it does sort of take your breath away reading the 'officialese', even translated to English … In fairness, Goldarrow couldn't really expect to get paid in full after the scrap prices crashed-I'm sure that just wasn't going to happen.
Politicians and civil servants should steer clear of using "officialese" or risk being mocked by the public and media, a parliamentary committee has suggested.
In Gowers's revision of Fowlers MEU, there's an article on "officialese," in which Gowers distinguishes between the sort of language to be used in drafting a statute or regulation and the language used to explain things to an inquiring citizen.
I talk to several kids, to a sociologist, and to the local human rights commissioner, a bland middle-aged man who speaks about the incident in impenetrable officialese.
The letter, signed by the principal, bombarded us with officialese, a new language we were learning the hard way.
Moreover, whatever its technical status in the eyes of the GMC it was presented as a formal complaint, giving the full names of the doctors and their registered medical practitioner numbers and phrased in officialese.
I've googled my little heart out and can't find reference to the officialese.
The officialese used in the new order was pouty: DO 17-09, it said, was “hereby suspended pending resolution of the issues raised.”
"But it does serve a useful purpose in getting to know each other's perceptions and positions a little better, free from the scaffolding of officialese."
It appears that no such request was made and the media either misunderstand Washington officialese or the White House was speaking with a forked tongue.
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