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On Feb. 26, 1986, then-Mayor Marion Barry held a special meeting of more than 100 D.C. government employees, to announce a new list of “10 or 15 words” that would be in every press release issued by the D.C. government. The list consisted of words designed to cast city officials (including Barry) in a more “favorable” light. Some of the words included “competence, compassion, effective, efficient.” In explaining the new directive, Barry noted that the D.C. press corps had been harsh toward him and the city, and he hoped these new press release directives would help counter the problem.