Jargon to Avoid While Communicating In a Workplace

Jargon to Avoid While Communicating In a Workplace

Jargon to Avoid While In a

Along with the genesis of a word and its usage into our daily life conversations, there is also the evolution of terms which become specific to a particular place, field or industry. Such words are known as jargons which hold a clear meaning to many in their relative field of work but are usually misleading to those who never came across them in their life. Using workplace jargon overly isn’t considered advisable, but their usage is in majority of the cases involuntarily. That said, here are some of them that are oft considered the worse of the bunch and must be avoided at all costs, even with the consent to do so keeping intentions.

Don’t throw him/her under the bus

Making it seem like extremely torturous, it actually means blaming others for someone else’s mistake.

Break down the silos

While sounding like it may refer to something like beating up silly people, this can be replaced by share information, work together, or corporate with each other.

Open the Kimono

Sounding like a sexual fantasy that involves seeing a nude Japanese woman, we can instead ask people to clearly and accurately share all necessary information.

Low Hanging fruit

Making it sound like an indecent reference to male genitalia, we can say instead that it is easier to sell to these customers because and then the reason.

One throat to choke

Downright sounding like a psychopath to his/her victims, we should restate this statement: that a person is required for a project as the main point of contact around the clock.

Run it up the flagpole

A highly vulgar proposal, one should use focus group or pilot test instead when wanting others to do some work based tasks.

Limited Bandwidth

Sounding like a tech genius, its better tell the person ’re busy this week or have back to back meetings.

On the bleeding edge

Making it sound as if someone is in dire of blood circulation; rather, say the most advanced technology on the planet.

S.W.A.T Team

In law enforcement, this means sending in a group of commandos who put their life on the line to complete a mission. In business, it means a group of experts with experience.

Drinking the Kool-Aid

A tasteless reference to the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, it means to blindly accept something such as a company’s mission statement.


Means pretty much the same as manipulation or controlling situations as one’ ability and power allows them to do so.

Over the Wall

Instead of hurling objects across the office and making it look like an Olympic competition of throwing strength, this actually means accomplishing a task for a respective client.

Full Service

of vague and ambiguous ideas into the heads of people who are at the receiving end of this jargon actually confuses them about what kind of service you offer in the first place.

Drill Down

Meaning to ask someone to examine things more closely, this one sounds like you might discover oil beds under your cubicle.


"Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon." ~ David Ogilvy "Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon." ~ Edsger Dijkstra

A Selection of Jargon Quotes

“Yet Aristotle’s excellence of substance, so far from being associated with the grand style, is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.” ~ Irving Babbitt

“Clutter is the of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.” ~ William Zinsser

“I think we invent jargon because it saves times talking to one-another.” ~ John M. Smith

“To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.” ~ Walter Scott

“I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.” ~ Anne Stevenson

“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”  ~ English proverb

“You cannot make a crab walk straight.” ~  Aristophanes

“The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant monster with one eye going around a square corner.” ~ Ezra Pound

“Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon.” ~ Edsger Dijkstra

“You can’t get blood out of a turnip.” ~ English proverb

“You can’t write about people out of textbooks, and you can’t use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence.” ~

“Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon: instead of principles, slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas, bright ideas.” ~ Eric Bentley

“Never let me hear that foolish word again.” ~ Mirabeau

“I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.” ~ Jean Rostand

“Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.” ~ David Ogilvy

“You must learn to talk clearly. The jargon of scientific terminology which rolls off your tongues is mental garbage.” ~ Martin H. Fischer

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.” ~ Samuel Johnson

“Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.” ~ Napoleon

“Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.” ~  G. O. Ashley

“One of the strongest prejudices that one has to overcome when one visits is that created by the weird jargon than passes for English in this country.” ~ Valerie Desmond

“Jargon seems to be the place where the right brain and the left brain meet.” ~ Wendy Kaminer

“Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession.” ~ Kingman Brewster Jr.


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