The CIA’s Bestiary of Intelligence Writing is Really Weird

Fed up with the incessant repetition of buzzwords and phrases like viable analysis, multidisciplinary analysis, and nonstarter in CIA publications, two agency writers put together the Bestiary of Intelligence Writing, recently declassified. The Bestiary is a collection of animal drawings named for each buzzword, together with descriptions.

It is pretty clever, actually. And a profoundly weird thing to find on government stationery. Here is an example:

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And here is the whole thing (pdf).

Does anyone know if Bryan Garner can draw? Because I would really like to see the Bestiary of Legal Writing. I wonder what a well-settled law looks like. Or an any and all. Or a hereinafter.

(h/t Medium’s War is Boring collection, and my mom)

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  • Kelly

    These are great! And please, please someone get Bryan Garner to do a legal one. I, for one, am dying to know what an “enclosed please find” looks like!