“How Well Can You Translate Business Jargon to Plain Language?” Quiz

“Synergistic.”

“Alignment.”

“Piggyback.”

“Engagement.”

“Low-hanging fruit.”

Business jargon seems to be taking over our offices. Aside from being cringe-worthy and borderline cliche, business jargon or “management speak” makes communication vague and unhelpful.

Additionally, this kind of “code language” can be extremely isolating to new people or people from other cultures, where business jargon is not widely used.

There is a better way.

There is plain language.

A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure, and design are so clear that the intended readers can easily find what they need, understand what they find, and use that information.

— “5 Steps to Plain Language

Doesn’t that sound nice?

It isn’t just a dream. It turns out that as of 2010, it’s a law that all U.S. federal agencies must make information available in plain English. That push for clarity, however, doesn’t extend to businesses.

To vanquish tiresome and unhelpful business jargon, we must take matters into our own hands by striving to use plain English at work, speak directly, and keep it simple.

So, how well can you convert business jargon to plain language? Take this quiz to find out whether you can identify simple English alternatives to business slang.

//cdn.playbuzz.com/widget/feed.js

What is business jargon like in your workplace? Which words or phrases get under your skin?

The post “How Well Can You Translate Business Jargon to Plain Language?” Quiz appeared first on Grammarly Blog.

from Grammarly Blog https://www.grammarly.com/blog/plain-language-quiz/

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s