bureaucratese
Definition - A perjorative, non-technical term for the language that bureaucrats speak and write.

Notes:
1. It seems to be replacing the older term officialese.

Example -
Dr. Neil James, executive director of the Australian Plain English Foundation, translated the Christmas carol "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" into bureaucratese (from the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Dec. 9, 2005):

"It would be appreciated if all persons pertaining to belief and not insignificant states of gladfulness would, in the fullness of time, proceed by appropriate means to the location of Bethlehem in observance of the personage whose natal event coincided with his recommended appointment as the supreme monarch of angels."

Etymology -
The term was coined in the late 20th century by combining the word bureaucrat with -ese.
Note: The word bureaucrat derives from the French bureau, office (literally "desk) + the Greek suffix -kratia, power of; it was coined by the French economist Jean Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay (1712-59).

Oxford English Dictionary -
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