The BBC reports that the UK Local Government Association has a new banned words list, including our favorite, “best practices.”
Andrew asked me in email if this was a best practice, and I wrote back:
Does it pass the seven whys test?
- Why did they ban the phrase? Because it’s meaningless business
- Why is it meaningless business speak? Because it removes context
and appeals to authoritarianism
- Why does it appeal to authoritarianism? Because it simply asserts
bestness without proving it.
- Why does it assert bestness? We’re not sure, but its probably
- Why aren’t you sure? We’re lazy ourselves. We hear it’s a best
Nope. Not a best practice, even if it is highly advisable.