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The Three Social Functions of Business Jargon
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Re: Joining the club
  • 5/31/2017 11:58:33 AM
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Seth I make the distinction between technical language and jargon. Technical language such as used in medicine or technology are part of the science. Jargon I consider more of the fad like terms that we have all seen over the years that come and go.

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/30/2017 4:15:12 PM
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Jargon does serve many functions.   Walk into a hospital or tech department and it's like they are speaking another language.

I once attended a conference in a field I had no experience in and I could hear all these phone conversations that I could tell were in English but I had no clue to what they meant.

Jargon also can be used to take the emotion out of a sentence and be ambigious. i.E. "We've decided to move in a different dirrection." 

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/30/2017 2:05:46 PM
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Data doctor you are right in some ways we all never graduated from the high school clubs--now we just use business jargon to determine who will belong and who is an outsider. Thankfully the internet makes it easier to join and saves everyone the "what does that mean?", question that many are too afraid to ask!

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/28/2017 5:22:03 PM
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Yes, and interesting how we take another group's catch phrases and slang to give a new meaning to for "our" group.  Kind of a "one upsmanship" to outdo the outsider group and continue to make our group unique and in our own mind's "superior."

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/27/2017 7:58:06 PM
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Good point about jargon use in social circles Maryam, come to think of it that is where most first meet this method of communication.

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/27/2017 7:53:21 PM
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Isn't jargon also known as "buzz words" ?   I see this alot when someone is trying to act like they understand a topic when they really only understand it from a surface perspective.

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/27/2017 6:21:57 PM
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Impactnow, good point. Back in the old days, there was no jargon dictionaries on the internet, and you had to sit and listen to the jargon for a while to catch the lingo. Or not. Depending on what type of person you are.

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/26/2017 11:29:04 PM
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Very true whether in school or in business and even in some social circles. It's all about fitting into a certain club. Thankfully the internet makes the process easier for those wanting to join!

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/25/2017 9:51:00 PM
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Jargon is all about fitting in. I can remember when I first went to grad school, and they even had their own jargon there. This was a history graduate program with jargon like dichotomy, historiography and other 50-cent words, but it was all still jargon to show you belonged.

Re: Joining the club
  • 5/25/2017 4:45:15 PM
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Then new people latch onto another term for a while, and the cycle repeats itself! We are destined to repeat our mistakes...

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