Why I Hate Jargon in 69 Words

I couldn’t have said it better. So, I won’t.

“This matter of language is important. Professional jargon–on Wall Street, in humanities departments, in government offices-can be a fence raised to keep out the uninitiated and permit those within it to persist in the belief that what they do is too hard, too complex, to be questioned. Jargon acts not only to euphemize but to license, setting insiders against outsides and giving the flimsiest notions a scientific aura.”

Taken from Can You Keep a Secret by George Packer, The New Yorker, March 17, 2016

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