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)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.