Posted by: episystechpubs | April 8, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Loose the Jargon

Do you sometimes feel like the editors badger you about using jargon and business-speak? Do you feel stifled because we want you to use simple language?

We badger out of love—for your readers. The problem is that every business sector creates their own jargon—abbreviations, acronyms, and buzzwords—that everyone else in their field knows, but outsiders don’t. A good example is legalese. If you’re not a lawyer, you probably have a hard time deciphering any legal document. Can I get an amen?

One of my colleagues (thanks, Ron!) recently shared an article called Did the IRS Flunk English? A Rant About Why You Can’t Do Your Taxes from the Acrolinx website, and I’m sharing an excerpt today as a warning and as a reminder of what not to do.

Read this paragraph from an IRS income tax form, and weep. And then, please (I would get on my knees and beg, but I’m dressed up today), think twice before using jargon and business-speak. You don’t want to make others feel like you are about to feel.

In case bond as provided in section 7324(3) shall have been executed and the property returned before seizure thereof by virtue of process in the proceedings in rem authorized in subsection (a) of this section, the marshal shall give notice of pendency of proceedings in court to the parties executing said bond, by personal service or publication, and in such manner and form as the court may direct, and the court shall thereupon have jurisdiction of said matter and parties in the same manner as if such property had been seized by virtue of the process aforesaid.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Ext: 765432


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