But what separates good jargon from bad jargon? It’s difficult to come up with a definitive rule or principle that can guide your path through the warzone of trite phrases. So how about a trial-by-fire? Below is a list of the top 26 words and phrases that should be eliminated from the English language–or, at the very least, eliminated from your vocabulary. Read them. Study them. Excise them.
We’re back with another episode of Jargon Watch, Tendo’s guide to targeting and eliminating unhelpful idioms and/or finding the perfect word to sharpen communication. Keeping our ears perked and our eyes peeled for communication that’s opaque, lazy, cliché, or obstructive is one of our favorite pastimes, so we hope you enjoy this collection. Blamestorm […]
Has your coworker ever stopped a long meeting so the attendees could take a “bio break?” Offered to run something “up the flagpole?” Encouraged you to seize the “low-hanging fruit?” If so, you’re not alone. We hear those bits of jargon all the time—and although it’s painful to admit, we’re guilty of spouting them off, too. In our ongoing quest to abolish meaningless jargon and encourage clear communication (e.g., getting back to brass tacks), we bring you another edition of Jargon Watch.
Jargon is an inescapable part of business culture. And while some words and phrases make us cringe and plug our ears from the buzzword-overload–as we’ve previously noted–there are nevertheless times when the right bit of jargon is the perfect cure for a business’s communicative efforts. There’s no hard-and-fast rule for qualifying a piece of jargon […]