In German, the noun "sand"1 has a verb form, versandet, which is used to express how items get completely lost in the bureaucracy of administration, and even are not done at a later stage. Is there a direct English equivalent of this verb? Failing that, what's the closest idiom?
I am trying the following translation:
- German: Die Anfrage ist im Gebtriebe der Bürokratie versandet.
- English: The request got lost in the bowels of the administration.
But I am not happy with it because my impression is that the verb got lost expresses that something unexpected happened, whereas the original German meaning is that the administration is not properly functioning. Also, I want to make it clear that the problem is not with the request - it's not getting lost because it's too complicated or anything like that.
1 Yes, it's exactly the same word, with the same meaning, in German and English