Abandon official jargon: Chinese survey

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 06:50 hrs

Beijing, Dec 13 (IANS) Most Chinese feel that officials speak a lot of official jargon, shows a survey in China in which a respondent said that it makes people feel "very disgusted".

People's Daily said that China Youth Daily Social Investigation Center has carried out an online survey under the title "Do officials around you often speak official jargon?" among 5,163 respondents.

It said that 91.7 percent of whom said it is very common for the officials around them to speak a lot of official jargon and 69.8 percent think there are "too many" this kind of officials.

"It is not a big problem to speak official jargon to a certain extent. But official jargon should not be used all the time regardless of the occasions and regardless of the audience. Many officials have no difficulty speaking 'human language' privately, but would unconsciously start to use the official tone and speak the official jargon at certain occasions, making people feel very disgusted," an official was quoted as saying.

Tianjin resident Sun Ce feels that the central government should look into official jargon and let officials speak the language ordinary people can understand and do things which the ordinary people want them to do.

The survey shows that 91 percent of the respondents find official jargon very offensive.

Wang Jingbo, vice president of the Research Institute of Government by Law, China University of Political Science and Law, said that there are two reasons for the habit of speaking official jargon.

First, there is a certain extent of bureaucratic style of work in the current officialdom. Many officials regard themselves as above the masses, and as such their words naturally should also be "superior" to the masses.

Secondly, there is a phenomenon in the officialdom that "with non-action comes no faults", which is to say if a speech does not contain any substance and does not address any actual problem then nothing would go wrong and no responsibilities would have to be taken. Therefore, official jargon and empty words are more popular compared with telling the truth, the media report said.

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