Who’s Inflating The English Language?, commentary by David Woods on Newsworks, 20 May 2016
“All of this is a form of camouflage, speakers wrapping themselves in a cocoon of jargon so that other people don’t know what they’re talking about or are impressed with the puff of seeming erudition.
Language inflation has to do with self-importance and in attempts to suggest that what people are doing is somehow technical in the sense that it requires special training.”
Technical terms. Right? I’m guilty. And I use the word “impact” as a verb. And regarding! I love regarding! I’m going to learn from this. I still can’t bring myself to call children “kids.”
Along the same lines: acronyms. People drop these words made up of capital letters because it makes them sound superior, in-the-know. I can’t think of any other reason. I’m constantly looking up people’s acronyms because I don’t know what they mean. The moment you ask is the moment you reveal you are not part of the exclusive club, and therefore not worthy of knowing. At least I’ve recognized this one, which I’m also guilty of. I’ll either write out the full term, not use the reference, or define it somewhere in my text.
At the end of the day, it’s about communication.