March 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #157328
This adorable little 90-second video has captured the wry imagination of Canadian public servants. I don’t know how many of the acronyms will be immediately familiar to our American cousins, but the “spirit of buraucratic culture” will most assuredly ring many a bell, and extract many a smile. Enjoy!
What do you think bureaucrats say? What’s your favorite acronym or word or hearing your say?
March 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm #157372
March 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm #157370
Thanks for moving it up, Steve.
What I suspect many won’t know is that the bus stop the little girl is standing at (as she buries herself in her Blackberry) is one located at one of the major government hubs in Ottawa, like what I suppose a bus stop along Pennsylvania Ave, between 7th and 3rd might be like to you folks.
March 30, 2012 at 2:07 am #157368
Look, if the claimant went back to work then she may qualify for a new BYB, but at a lower WBA. The 607B indicator can’t be changed except by the central office which might choose to give her the BY option. IBIS won’t let you change that even if you’re an FOS.
March 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #157366
I’m not sure I would call these my “favorites”, but here are some that stick in my craw 🙂
“Best practice” — Can we really know that something is a BEST practice? This seems to hearken back to the days of Taylorism and time and motion studies, when managers would look for the “one best way” to accomplish a task (usually in manual labor). How about we all take a dose of humility and call them “good practices”.
“Leverage” when used as a verb — When we say this, we usually mean to use something for your benefit. Why don’t we say “use” instead? “Utilize” is similar. It means absolutely the same thing as “use”, but we insist on using the bigger word.
March 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm #157364
John van SantenParticipant
FYSA (For Your Situational Awareness)
March 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm #157362
March 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm #157360
Jon P. BirdParticipant
BYOB has always worked for me!
March 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm #157358
The only acronym in this list that I’ve ever heard of!
March 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #157356
Janina Rey Echols HarrisonParticipant
Amazingly cute. Unfortunately, I recognize too many even if they are Canadian.
I try really hard not to use them, but sometimes writing the whole thing out over and over again becomes cumbersome. If only people would come up with smaller titles for groups or activities so you didn’t have to write so much out. Now when you name something, you have to check what the acronym will be so you don’t inadvertantly end up with something inappropriate or a bad connotation.
Texting is almost always a form of shorthand acronyms. I’m learning a whole new language. I think that is my favorite right now is learning that language. Maybe someone will do a video where the person is speaking in text subtitles.
March 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm #157354
They forgot a couple: “I’m out of pocket” (meaning, for some odd reason, “I’m unavailable”)
“impacted” (meaning, “affected,” and not, “pressed against each other” as in impacted wisdom teeth)
and everything having to do with management, such as “up the chain,” “buy-in,” “silos,” etc.
Otherwise, it’s pretty true to life.
March 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm #157352
Disconnect – when information needed for a project is lost or lack of information makes a project fail
“What’s the push back”? How is someone you have challenged about their project, ability or information going to retaliate and is it worth the risk?
March 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm #157350
I’m always tempted to say best practice for who?
March 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm #157348
Anne R. UrbanskiParticipant
RACT, BACT, GACT, MACT – all EPA acronyms that state and local air agencies use too. But my absolute favorite is NESHAPs – National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. I tend to turn everything into a song parody, so the obvious one to me is Shadrack, NESHAPs and Abednego.
March 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm #157346
Let’s see who knows these:
Not acronym but still:
Lost the bubble
March 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm #157344
One of my favorites is “robust” as in “robust solution” or “robust capability.” I don’t think it actually means anything, but it does make every term sound better!
April 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm #157342
Can I buy a vowel?
April 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm #157340
I like out of packet
April 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm #157338
Been working with some folks lately who have never been around the military. Have caught myself explaining –
“that ship has sailed”
“Any alibis?” before ending the meeting
but have not had to explain – “SNAFU”, “FUBAR” and “RUFKM?!” Wonder why.
April 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm #157336
“Out of pocket” is perhaps the worst government expression. What does it even mean? How was it invented?
Major LOL on the “impacted.” Government is great at using a nonsensical word when a totally normal one would do.
April 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm #157334
how do you document peole not getting back with your or not sending what you requested?
April 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm #157332
“Look, if the claimant went back to work then she may qualify for a new BYB, but at a lower WBA. The 607B indicator can’t be changed except by the central office which might choose to give her the BY option. IBIS won’t let you change that even if you’re an FOS.”
Great job Christopher Whitaker! I love it!. I just have to say that this reminds me of Robin Williams great speech in Good Morning America, where he is talking about the VP being such a VIP, keeping it on the QT, etc, etc… (and yes, this is paraphrased, as I’m not as good as my husband at quoting verbatim something I heard years ago.) 🙂
April 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm #157330
My favorite acronyms lately are CRDP and CRSC… why? Because I hear folks actually making words out of them, instead of just calling it C.R.D.P. they say curdep and instead of C.R.S.C they say cursek. Mind you, those of us in the trenches working day in and day out with these, as well as basic MRP, just use the initials, so you can easily tell the working bees from the dreamers of the regs.
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