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The dangers of using jargon

Business Jargon, don’t you just hate it.  Often people think they have to use it to fit in or sound intelligent. The truth is everyone knows it’s meaningless. Ask people what they are talking about when they use it and you’ll find they can’t give you a clear answer. Read more

The dangers of jargon


“I’m here to give you the heads up – Going forward we must synergise, take some idea showers and encourage ourselves to push the envelope. You can’t leverage global milestones so we need a holistic cradle to grave approach as the shorthand for a quick win is to grab the low hanging fruit. We can pre plan sprinkling our magic from the get go. At the end of the day we should diarise and touch base.”


“I’ve got you in my radar, the KPI’s on the ROI need to be taken off line. We can cascade the paradigm shifts so that the key stakeholders come to the party and walk the strategic showcase. We need to get some traction in the pipeline, get our ducks in a row and incentivise so we are not chasing shadows in the dark. I know it’s a big ask but they’re not on our PSL so I need a BLT. Let’s face it, it’s not rocket science.”


What did we just say?? Nothing! Business Jargon - don’t you just hate it!


Often people think they have to use it to fit in or sound intelligent. The truth is everyone knows it’s meaningless. Ask people what they are talking about when they use it and you’ll find they can’t give you a clear answer.


Acronyms can mean different things across different companies and industries so be careful when you’re using them. For instance ROI could be return on investment but also Republic of Ireland or realm of insanity. PSL and stand for preferred supplier list, professional support lawyer or pot smoking loser!  


Business jargon can be part of the office banter but even when you’re in the office, don’t spurt jargon instead of giving a proper answer when having important conversations, or use it when talking to clients. It annoys people and shows you don’t know what you’re talking about.

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