Is jargon hurting your ability to communicate clearly?

Most people don’t know that I started my professional life as a soldier in the United States Army. For a military person, abbreviations, acronyms, and nomenclatures are part of everyday life. In other words, we spoke the language of jargon.

Now jargon can be useful in that it’s a shortcut for those with insider knowledge of the terminology. The downside to this is that outsiders often can’t understand what’s being communicated.

Here’s an example of typical Army English. See how much you understand.

I was a SP4 71L in FAS, HQ V Corps Artillery. Our unit was part of HQ … Read the rest