Definition - A non-technical and usually pejorative term for the officious and opaque language characteristic of officials or official documents.

1. It predates its modern equivalent bureaucratese by 75 years.

Example -
"Consideration should be given to the possibility of carrying into effect the receipt of your communication, which we hereby acknowledged with thanks.”

Etymology -
According to the OED, the word was coined by combining the word officialdom with the suffix -ese.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1884:
"What was called, in delightful officialese, ‘the double Secretariat’ was abolished."
(Yates Recoll. iii. I. 126)

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