@Big Sushi... gobbledegook reply from DCS agent submitted for award

  • Lucky Jim
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Posted: Fri, 12/06/2009 - 15:36

Hi Big Sushi.... I have sent the reply you received to the Plain English Campaign, suggesting it for their annual Golden Bull Award for the worst gobbledegook in 2009 (see http://ksfiom-blog.blogspot.com/)

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@Big Sushi... gobbledegook reply from DCS agent submitted for aw

  • manx-person
  • 17/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Fri, 12/06/2009 - 16:11

The answer was a technical one on data security. It therefore had a technical answer. It is clearly explained IMO, ask NG if he thinks the explanation is clear
FWIW I am not sure I agree with all of the points in the answer, but its comprehensible to those with an IT/technical background.


Everything is comprehensible if you know the lingo

  • Lucky Jim
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  • Fri, 12/06/2009 - 18:57

Everything is comprehensible if you know the language being spoken.

The DCS writes in 'civil service speak'. The IoM lawyers write in 'legal speak'. IT people write in 'IT speak', politicians write in 'political speak' (which is invariably mumbo-jumbo that does everything but answer the question) etc. However, most depositors are not civil servants, lawyers, IT experts, politicians, etc..

After much lobbying by the Plain English Campaign the taxman & most local authorities in the UK managed to start writing in plain English. Alas! old habits die hard & gobbledegook often creeps in again!

Unfortunately the IoM has never heard of the Plain English Campaign so its gobbledegook is extremely irritating, confusing, & very annoying.

If I had the time I could translate the DCS gobbledegook into plain English.


Everything is comprehensible if you know the lingo

  • manx-person
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  • Sat, 13/06/2009 - 06:35

I agree that most "depositors are not civil servants, lawyers, IT experts, politicians, etc.." but there will be some amongst our midst.

Its just another winging post about the Isle of Man.

It would have been constructive to ask if anyone could explain, I am sure they would and that might provide much more comfort to depositors than a Plain English Campaign criticism.

When you say "Unfortunately the IoM has" its a generalisation; a bit like saying everyone who invests (or makes a deposit) offshore is a tax evader. Of course some people have heard of the Plain English Campaign in the Isle of Man, others haven't.