Avoiding Slang and Jargon
When writing business documents, only use jargon when necessary with appropriate audiences, and completely avoid slang words. This article will teach you how to differentiate between jargon and slang.
Slang; The term slang includes words, expressions, or the special use of language, used in informal speech.
Legal jargon, medical jargon, and police jargon are all examples of different types of jargon that exist in very different professions. A standard term may be given a more precise or unique usage among practitioners of a field. In many cases, this causes a barrier to communication with those not familiar with the language of the field. As an example, the words RAM, bit, byte, CPU, HDD, and hexadecimal are jargon terms related to computing. When writing business documents, it is recommended that authors should use jargon only when necessary with appropriate audiences who understand their significance. Using simple verbiage instead ensures understanding by a broad spectrum of users.
Business jargon includes terms like bandwidth, deliverable, bad apples, low-hanging fruit, and Six Sigma. The image below illustrates the most annoying business jargon per a 2019 survey of 1,000 U.S. employees.
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