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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The style of writing characteristic of some government employees; formal and obscure.

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • He pointed to a green sign with lots of officialese printed in white. for more
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