"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Monday, 20 May 2013


A word coined in May 2013 by Steve Jenner of the Plain English Campaign.  The word is used to describe a series of offences against the English language by the police force.  

Ploddledygook is based on the word gobbledygook  (language that is meaningless or is made unintelligible by excessive use of abstruse technical terms) combined with the plod.   

P.C.Plod is a British slang term used to refer to a police officer, particularly one slow-witted or dull.  A more recent variant is the plod, meaning the police force in general.  The term originates from the character Mr. Plod, a police officer in the Noddy stories written by Enid Blyton.

Advice e-mailed by senior officers included “Articulate your aim as SMART and understood the impact you intended.”  One officer replied “Could you translate this pretentious male bovine dropping for me please?”

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know Enid Blyton wrote Noddy!
    You live and learn.