23 October 2008

Use Actual Words Please

Those who know me personally know that I'm infamous for my tirades against "business English," aka "jargon." David Pogue of the NY Times agrees. Check out Pogue's Anti-Jargon Dictionary. My favorite? Functionality. Preach, brother!


5 comments:

Maddie Grant said...

My most hated word? "Utilize". It means "use", people. puh-leeze!

Ben Martin, CAE said...

I don't think it counts as business jargon, but my most hated word is one you see on virtually every blog in the RSS subscription area: "Via". Just say, "by" people.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

My pet peeves? "Learnings" - they're LESSONS - any "-ize" words (right with you, Mads), "synergy" and "proactive."

Scott said...

Sorry, but I have to say it. A big pet peeve is the air quote, such as the ones around business English and jargon. (Please don't hate me Elizabeth.)

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

@Scott - I have a pet peeve around quotation marks, too! But mine is when people use quotation marks when they mean emphasis - i.e., you mean to say that it's free, free, or FREE, not "free" (which in fact means it's not really free).