Posts Tagged ‘jargon’

Classic Jargon

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Some of my favorite examples of jargon come from my government contracting days where we had many obscure but concise terms that had sophisticated and verbose meanings. Here are two good examples of jargon that I encountered early in my career.

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Jargon

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Jargon is one of the joys of our language. Lawyers have their own jargon; so do doctors and engineers. Those are professional, somewhat formal examples of domains with their own jargon, but you can create your own! Among a select group of people, you can create jargon, or your secret code, that only people in your club understand. We all do this all the time.

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Improved translated presentations. Part 6.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Don’t use humor or jargon.

The first time I experienced translation was in Korea in 1994 and it was an eye-opener for me. I was fascinated and somewhat anxious about the process. A colleague of mine, Grady Booch, spoke first. Grady was, and still is, a brilliant speaker, but it was probably his first time doing a simultaneously translated presentation. He talked quite fast and used quite a bit of engineering jargon and some folksy humor. The Korean audience was riveted, even though he did not adjust his speaking style much. His jokes received an authentic laughing response, although slightly offset by the few-second delay of translation. One joke in particular seemed like it should have been complete nonsense outside the United States nerd programmer community. It was something about “getting hosed by overusing go-to statements and ending up with spaghetti code.” Even to English-speaking nonprogrammers, this phrase should have been almost unintelligible.

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Jargon at its Best

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Some of my favorite examples of jargon come from my government contracting days where we had many obscure but concise terms that had sophisticated and verbose  meanings. Here are two good examples of jargon that I encountered early in my career.

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Use Jargon Carefully

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Jargon is one of the joys of our language. Lawyers have their own jargon; so do doctors and engineers. Those are professional, somewhat formal examples of domains with their own jargon, but you can create your own! Among a select group of people, you can create jargon, or your secret code, that only people in your club understand. We all do this all the time. You probably know of some word usage that only your family understands.

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