Planners say one thing, developers hear another

As a follow-up to my Planning to plan the plan for the long range plan, I have What Planners mean when they say . . ., which contains such gems as:

What the planner says What the planner thinks What the developer thinks
“What do you think?” You don’t like it either, do you? We’re in trouble, they’re thinking.
“Is the applicant here?” Can we talk, or do we have to be diplomatic? No! After spending all of this energy, to say nothing or a King’s ransom in fees, the applicant has decided to go to the racetrack where the odds are better.