I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore

[I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore](http://blogs.hbr.org/pallotta/2011/12/i-dont-understand-what-anyone.html)

> We have forgotten how to use the real names of real things. Like doorknobs. Instead, people talk about the idea of doorknobs, without actually using the word “doorknob.” So a new idea for a doorknob becomes “an innovation in residential access.” Expose yourself repeatedly to the extrapolation of this practice to things more complicated than a doorknob and you really just need to carry Excedrin around with you all day.

Not that I get exposed to this a whole lot, but you know it goes on, more so in business circles than in others. Tech speak is often full of it, and some of the podcasts I listen to are littered with it. If you don’t know how to say something with clarity, then perhaps the best thing is to keep your mouth shut.

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