Did you have trouble deciphering some of the things said at last week’s management meeting? You’re not alone as points out in this CNN Money post entitled ‘Collabition.’ ‘Decisioning’: The worst corporate jargon around.
After reading some of the examples that Ms. Sahadi provides, it appears that speaking in plain English may be a dying art. Why? According UC Berkeley linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, corporate jargon “is like high school slang — the kind teenagers use to sound like they belong.” In short, it sets you off as a part of the in crowd.
We suspect that many of you may have heard some dreadful jargon of your own. If so, feel free to add them in the comments we’d love to read them.
( The source of all ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)