Tuesday, February 14, 2006

terminology and the befuddlement of english

The occupational hazzard of anyone in information technology. I believe that this plague is so rampant that you are probably already infected and may not even know it. This plague is "terminolgy" aka "jargon".

For example, it is evident when a manager says, "please explain this in a language that I will understand", of which it never really happens and the person walks away with another pre-consieved issue. You hardly hear an engineer ask the manager "tell me this in a language I'll understand." My assumption on this fact is that the engineer probably doesn't care what the manager is saying to begin with, either that there is nothing of value that really can be contributed.

Management or marketing speak is as deadly and contagious as technical speak. In this day and age where mutual understanding is of utmost importance, given racial or cultural differences, we should enforce the fact that people need to speak clearly rather than try to muddlefuddle each other.

The next time someone tells you to explain in simple english, tell them to paraphrase in vulcan.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

i know what you mean... my boss is always speaking giberrish to me but i just ignore him :)

Melven said...

very funny. I'd remember to tell him that ;)

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