Re: Jargon Use

Subject: Re: Jargon Use
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 19:07:57 -0700

Cameron Consulting wrote:

as another example -- "Boot" - jargon - but acceptable because it's a widely
used term.


Another consideration is the connotation of words. For example, "boot" is probably in wide enough use to be familiar to many people, but it still has a techy feel to it. Novice users might be slightly intimidated by it, so, when writing for them, I would be inclined to use the more neutral "start" instead. Writing for programmers, I wouldn't worry about it.

Similarly, I would think twice about using "information highway" or "cyber"-anything these days. Both terms sound obsolete in 2001. Nor would I advise anyone to "check out" a website for the same reason.
Even in technical documentation, I wouldn't want the company or product sounding obsolete, and I'd avoid such terms in marketing like - well, the plague :-)

For that matter, I wouldn't care to sound like a middle-aged guy who fondly imagined himself to be using the latest jargon.

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Jargon Use: From: Cameron Consulting

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