Dr. Jargonlove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technobabble

Why would somebody write "the biota exhibited a 100 percent mortality response" when he really meant all the fish died? Sometimes people use jargon to be taken seriously, sometimes to be clear and precise, sometimes to not work so hard, and sometimes to deliberately evade and confuse. This essay humorously examines the various motivations for using jargon in both good and bad communication.
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About Mark Stucky

Hello, thanks for peeking at my profile. I am a professional writer, and I've also done editing, graphic design, and web development. I have won over two dozen awards for communication excellence. Topics that I have written on include:
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I have an M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame. I am a USGBC LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate and a member of the Society for Technical Communication. In the past (until I stopped paying the dues), I was also a member of Toastmasters International, Mensa International, and Intertel.

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