Don’t Get Caught up in the Jargon

Oh don’t you hate jargon? Unless it happens to be in your field of expertise and it makes you look clever ;), it’s just another hurdle into getting you head around ideas and concepts. It damages communication, especially as, most people won’t speak up when the jargon that is being thrown about in not comprehended by them.

Now, to ‘prove’ this, let’s look at the Turbo Encabulator ‘joke’. Some of your older chaps may know about it, but for the ones that don’t, the Turbo Encabulator was just a load of bullocks and a massive technical joke that ran amongst engineers during the course of the last century. Even Time Magazine got into it!

What this shows is that you shouldn’t get phased by big words, official sounding titles, uniforms or any other attributes intended to impose authority. Yes, behold faith and trust in humankind and respect professional achievements, yet, think for yourself, ask questions and challenge authority. History and the current ‘Fake News’ era has shown us how important it is for us to trust our own senses and stay true to our own beliefs.

”The original machine had a base plate of prefabulated amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two main spurving bearings were in a direct line with the panametric fan. The latter consisted simply of six hydrocoptic marzlevanes, so fitted to the ambifacient lunar waneshaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented. The main winding was of the normal lotus-o-deltoid type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a nonreversible tremmie pipe to the differential girdlespring on the “up” end of the grammeters.”

Here some background on the joke. More of a reader? Check the Wiki page.

Had a good laugh? Things are changing though, as the Plain English Campaign has pushed many organisations within the UK and abroad to use plain English that is clear, simple and, easy to understand English. Check out this blog post from Revolut on May 28th for further background on the latest developments on this subject. 

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Don’t Get Caught up in the Jargon

by Rogier Want time to read: 2 min