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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2013 3:13 a.m. PST

I am in the police intel area. We have a new boy in the office who has been in a few years. I was talking today about drugs. Etc.

I mentioned a " clan lab" ( clandestine laboratory used to produce meth and the like) and was stunned when he had no idea of the term and had never even heard of it! I was gobsmacked…….even if he thought it was a Highland guide dog I would t least have given him credit for having heard of the term.

I weep……..Police intelligence?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2013 3:52 a.m. PST

'Trade-speak,' as we used to call it, can take a while
to filter down.

Long time ago, a newbie EE in one of our labs thought
'can caps' (yes, a LONG time ago) were lids for
food tins…

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2013 4:51 a.m. PST

"clan lab" (skritch, skritch, skritch*)
"can cap" (skritch, skritch, skritch*)
Do go on?

* Sound of writer taking down notes of terms he's never heard but could use in a novel…

kreoseus2 Inactive Member17 Jan 2013 6:04 a.m. PST

We had a customer whos' freezer warehouse burned down…

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member17 Jan 2013 6:34 a.m. PST

and term you use would be just as jibberush in a other cities intel office.

Phil Hall17 Jan 2013 8:03 a.m. PST

In the Ole P.O. you send nixies to CFS unless it's a markup or an account then it goes to the cage.

recon3517 Jan 2013 2:53 p.m. PST

I get to do strip takes for my job. Just means I buy strips of land.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jan 2013 9:29 p.m. PST

Phil Hall wins…..

DesertScrb17 Jan 2013 9:45 p.m. PST

God, there's nothing I hate more than police jargon. It's bad enough reading it in the reports, and then worrying about them using it on the witness stand.

And abbreviations? Why say GSW for gunshot wound? It's not shorter! There are less syllables in "gunshot wound" than in "gee ess dubya."

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2013 7:12 p.m. PST

Boots….gotta love 'em.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Apr 2013 11:17 a.m. PST

Back when I was in the US Navy (when ships were made of wood and men were made of iron), it was a badge of honor to be able to compose an entire operational message (not one that was already supposed to be limited to code words) without an actual word in it. The best acronym laden ones didn't have vowels, either.

Last Hussar01 May 2013 11:00 a.m. PST

Ha! try taking minutes when you have no idea what anyone is talking about.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 May 2013 8:18 a.m. PST

Ha! try taking minutes when you have no idea what anyone is talking about.

A friend of mine has a story about his career being saved because of that. The log taker was very new and very green and had no idea what any of the technical discussions that were buzzing around him meant. So instead of copying down the relevant decisions and points, he madly transcribed every word said by every person. (WOW!) When a certain decision turned out to be bad (bad enough for a board of inquiry), there was a record of him making several explicit recommendations to the contrary, and the "conversation" of the decision maker including direction to stop bothering him with irrelevant details. A proper log of the situation would have only contained one note of one recommendation (the official) and none of the emphasis or detail provided with it.

DISCLAIMER: As with all sea stories, every word of it is absolutely true and the story gets better every time I tell it.

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