Dave Meehan

I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore

I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore

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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