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Jargon is any language that acts as a barrier rather than a pathway to communication. The expression is unclear, wordy, weak, awkward, ugly or imprecise. When words exclude, mystify, confuse or obscure truth, the language fails to do its job: communicate! Avoid this type of jargon!
• Jargon is also specialized language used in, for example, a science, where it is often appropriate. • This use of jargon is appropriate because it abbreviates.
Varieties of Jargon 1. Overused Words: decision-making process, learning process, writing process, around 2. Wordy Expressions: on a regular basis, at this point in time, along the lines of, militate against, make a determination of, engage in a power-play situation, emergency type situation, educational concept, thunderstorm activity
Redundancies: Baby calf Circle around Illegal poaching Merge together Reflect back Strangled to death 3 a. m. in the morning Old fossil New beginning Awkward predicament Sink down disappear from view knots per hour temporary reprieve cluster together hoist up free of charge new recruits fellow colleagues first priority invited guests rise up
3. Technical and Scientific Words Used Inappropriately: to access, to interface 4. Use of Certain Nouns as Verbs: to author, impacted, parenthooding 5. Use of Certain Verbs as Nouns: finalization, parentization, feedbacking
6. Euphemism: sanitary landfill pre-owned car developing world administrative assistant vertically disadvantaged downsizing
7. Cliché and Vague Words: expressions you recognize (at the end of the day), dying metaphors (easy as pie) and current slang (awesome)
Some Causes of Jargon: • Using unnecessary passive stretchers and orphan pronouns • Overusing “to be” and its forms • Using imprecise, vague words • Using big words where small words will do • Using unnecessary words, using too many prepositional phrases
Example: • Finalization of the implementation of the program, which, it had been decided by the faculty, would facilitate forward movement towards goal achievement was made operational in the penultimate semester.