My goto on this topic is the all Australian Reference and pseudo dictionary, “Weasel Words”, by Author Don Watson.
Described by reviewer Robert Fisk as “the Australian-authored manual of verbal sewage”!
A link to the author and his web pages follows. Yes it does also offer to sell you copy if you feel the need.
Some of the vocabulary has dated, a bit like Paul Keating has, or a cheap Aussie snag left on the BBQ plate uneaten for a day or two. Very dry, almost crispy with the bitter after taste of charcoal and slightly rancid.
If there are going to be winners in either category of @jonathan ‘s wonderful challenge it’s also my pick of the gold standard. Perhaps Don might even offer to assist in some way?
Some of the community may also be familiar with the publication of Weasel Words or some of Don’s earlier works, some notably delivered by ex PM Keating.
My offering to Jonathon, carry it with pride and AS Chem Grade gloves.
Award of “The Polished T…d” on The Gruen TV series still captures my imagination. It describes the behaviour or outcomes of so much in advertising and political decision making. It may now however sit in the shadow of the worlds longest man made sewer, The Murray Darling Basin Plan?
‘Yes Minister” also rates as it can also mean anything other than acceptance?
Our local Federal MP also conducts in his own words a regular community “listening post” in our area. It sounds as if there is a need for some to talk to a piece of dead wood expecting it will not answer back.