Jargon makes it easier to write about technology. Technical ideas are often quicker and easier to discuss using the private language of engineers and geeks.
Some technical terms pack a lot of meaning into a single word or a phrase. There are times when jargon is a useful short cut.
Even so, try to keep jargon under control. And only use it in context.
It can be a barrier to understanding. A lot is misused or confusing. Remember sometimes specialist language is used as a deliberate tool to hide meaning from outsiders.
There’s no excuse for indulging in the robot-speak used by corporations and government departments.
Jargon doesn’t make you look smarter. It tells your readers you’re a pompous windbag.
Often it makes your words, and your meaning, harder to understand.
Remember, not every reader is a native English speaker. And not every native speaker is tuned in to specialised language.
Some pet hates:
- Ongoing – and ongoing situation is worse.
- Going forward – if you mean in the future say so.
- Ground rules.
- Outcome is a particularly nasty piece of political and bureaucratic doublespeak for result.