Jargon – the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group.
I know this person who speaks in jargon. And I’m not in her industry, so consequently, I don’t always know what she is talking about.
Why do people do this? Are they showing off? Do they have a superiority complex that they like to see people look confused while they are talking? Are they that wrapped up in their jobs that they can’t step out for a second and speak normally to normal people? Are they just a little inconsiderate?
I totally get it – when you use jargon and you speak it, write it, live it, eight hours a day, it might be a bit hard to turn off.
Truthfully, I like it when a person like a doctor will use a term that is an abbreviation or some sort of jargon and then follow up with a description or definition of what that term is.
It’s not that I’m anti-jargon….I’m just anti-understanding.
If you are in a highly technical field or a specialized industry where you and your cohorts have created your own language – please share it with the lay person and don’t keep us in the dark. Or if it is indeed a secret language – – don’t use is in front of us. Don’t talk down to us – just speak in everyday English.
Today’s Question – do you work in an industry that is jargon filled? Do tell – – share some of your favorites with us!