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Guy Smith | 13:07 UK time, Thursday, 3 March 2011

How annoying is management jargon?

Very, if you listen to the Coroner presiding over the 7/7 Inquests.

On the final day at the Royal Courts of Justice, Lady Justice Hallett hit out at the use of jargon during the London bombings in July 2005.

She said it is really important when it comes to safety at major incidents to use plain English.

The coroner, who is in fact a Court of Appeal judge, told a senior firefighter Assistant Commissioner Gary Reason that management jargon is taking over organisations.

She said:

"All you senior people from these organisations are allowing yourselves to be taken over by management jargon... You people at the top need to say 'We have to communicate with other people and we communicate with plain English.'

I am sorry if that sounded like a rant but everybody who has been here for the last few months will know I have been building up to it."

She gave the example of a 'Conference Demountable Unit from the Management Resource Centre'.

In plain English to you and me, that's a portable incident room.


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