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"Blue Sky Thinking" banned

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Travellerman, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    [​IMG] Winston Churchill is an example to council workers, campaigners say


    Council leaders have compiled a banned list of the 200 worst uses of jargon, with "predictors of beaconicity" and "taxonomy" among the worst horrors. The Local Government Association says such words and phrases must be avoided for staff to "communicate effectively".


    SOME OF THE WORST

    Blue sky thinking :-O
    Can do culture
    Coterminosity
    Double devolution
    Horizon scanning
    Improvement levers
    Pathfinder
    Potentialities
    Quantum
    Revenue Streams
    Subsidiarity
    Symposium
    Thinking outside of the box
    Value-added..."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7948894.stm

    Maybe these council leaders are all Nick fans. I like to picture them going about their business singing "Blue SKy Thinking" as they shuffle their papers and enforce their ideologies.

    :D
     
  2. philmch

    philmch I've got a zappy little nappy

    call a spade "a soil access and inspection implement" ?

    Quite right too. Always had a passionate hatred of management and recruitment bullsh*t.

    However, I notice with dismay that my two pet hates namely; "excellent communication skills" and indeed "total quality management" are missing:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7949077.stm

    Phil.
     
  3. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    This could be the missing thread we've been searching for! Annoying expressions!!

    Joined up thinking
    Spatial awareness
    Yours sincerely
    Hippy chick
    Earth mother
    Utter bollocks
    Subsume
    Conflate
    Far out
    Dig it man
    No s**t
    Eco-friendly
    Without prejudice
    Que?
    Sharp eye on the sky
    New age traveller
    Google it
    List populated
    Eschew
    Slipped under the radar
    Thin end of the wedge
    Drop the dead donkey
    Chill man
    Pissed as a newt
    Stoned as a stone
    Dylanesque
    Be there now
    And goodnite from him
    Things to do, busy bee, people to see
    Don't you start
    Wasn't me
    Life's a long song
    Peace bro
    Pedantic
    Innocuous
    Friendly fire
    Axis of evil
    Collateral damage
    Gig bag
    Any spare change?
    Cheers my dears


    etc..etc...



    chrs
    andi :conehead:
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  4. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Don't you start, that list is a load of utter bollocks! Most of them are completely innocuous. I think you're just being pedantic, you need to chill man, Life's a long song.


    Peace Bro...










    :wink: :D
     
  5. Wee Steve

    Wee Steve Computer stained fingers

    Perhaps, perhaps

    but I claim grumpy-old-man status with regard to the ghastly:

    24/7;
    Train Station;
    Monday through/thru' Friday
    "to protest the war" rather than "to protest against the war".

    Petty, perhaps; bollocks maybe; innocuous, I'm not so sure, but they get right on my increasingly saggy-moobs.

    :(
     
  6. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    "moobs"... what the hell are moobs? I'm going to add that to my list :D
     
  7. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Moobs?

    A morose cow's boob job gone wrong and a grumpy farmer's temper in a mood about it. It's in Wiki look it up! For instance, hence the expression "down in the moobs"

    a
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  8. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Nah that's a great expression - M(an-b)OOBS rock :D
     
  9. philmch

    philmch I've got a zappy little nappy

    ground zero

    To the list of cliches I'd like to add the dreadful "it's not rocket science".

    I also dislike it when someone describes a comedian as being "ironic" when what they mean is that the comedian is being sarcastic.

    Oh, and the place where the World Trade Centre used to be is not "Ground Zero" either.

    Phil. :angry:
     
  10. philmch

    philmch I've got a zappy little nappy

    tripe

    Oh god, how could I forget...

    Those attending a school are pupils and not bloody "students".

    Bombay is *not* called Mumbai (what next ? "Mullywood ?)

    And worst of the worst is to hear a British person referring to films as "movies". So Royston Harper, that song of yours on Flashes From The Archives is *really* called Too Many Films. Got that ? Good.

    Phil. :biggrin:
     
  11. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Errrr, it *is* actually :D.
     
  12. telemonster

    telemonster I've got a zappy little nappy

    agree with most of the above!

    personal hates not already mentioned: two thousand nine, instead of two thousand AND nine! and june 27, instead of june the 27th. or 27th of june... i'm not fussy!



    there are loads more, but i'm too wound up to think clearly..
     
  13. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Oh, you'll hate me then: I ALWAYS use June 27 instead of etc!:biggrin: Don't know why...?...but I find it hard if I have to now put it the other way around.

    And why don't we say twenty-nine, twenty-ten etc, as we did with nineteen-ninety eight, nineteen-ninety nine etc?:confused1:
     
  14. wobbly bob

    wobbly bob I've got a zappy little nappy

    personal erm, favourites....

    'touch base', and " 'do' coffee".... or, alternatively, 'do' lunch...
     
  15. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb


    Okay, I'd love to 'do' coffee with you!:wink: Are you pitching up to any gigs on this 38 Tour, Wobbles?
     
  16. telemonster

    telemonster I've got a zappy little nappy

    of course i don't hate you! how could i...?

    i just hate some of the things you say!:wink: there's a difference..

    i'm sure i've heard folk say 20-10 etc... it'd have to be 20-oh 9, though...right?
     
  17. wobbly bob

    wobbly bob I've got a zappy little nappy

    really???:blushing: gosh.. that'd be luvvly!:biggrin:

    hoping to get to one or 2... sheffield... maybe hudds... 2 days in a row... someone might think i'm stalking them....
    :wink:
     
  18. wobbly bob

    wobbly bob I've got a zappy little nappy

    Another one (you probably do this one, too, linn) I really, really hate is "Absolutely!" as in:

    Person A: "Blah, blah, blah, blah..."

    Person B: "Absolutely!"


    Me: "Aaaaarrrrggghhhh...!!!!!"
     
  19. telemonster

    telemonster I've got a zappy little nappy

    'credit crunch'
     
  20. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Oh god, me too! I think it was Popbitch that had a 'rename the credit crunch' contest - my fave entry was 'fiscal f**k' :D
     

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