However, being a logophile doesn't stop me from loathing all types of jargon, and there are many words and phrases that make me cringe.
So, it's with mixed emotions that I greet this year's list of non-words announced by the Local Government Association (LGA) For the past three years, the LGA has issued an annual list of words that public sector workers should avoid using when dealing with the public.
New words on this year's list (taken from EU, central and regional government, quangos, business management speak and public relations) include:
- goldfish bowl facilitated conversation
Other wince-inducing words on the list are:
- citizen touchpoints
- world cafe
- meaningful reusable interactivity
- predictors of beaconicity
- thought shower
Once they're out there in the public domain, jargon words seem to be able to worm their way into our vocabularies. But I'm not sure if should I be ashamed of using the following words that are included in this year's list:
- best practice