Feeds

IT firms use jargon ‘to deceive’

Second only to lawyers in obfuscation

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Shocking as it may seem, 74 per cent of Brits reckon that business jargon is nothing more than a tool of deception and confusion.

What's more, over half think that nonsensical lingo is deployed as an arse-covering device by people who haven't got a clue what they're talking about. That, at least, is the conclusion of an Abbey National report which identifies lawyers and IT professionals as the worse culprits.

Frankly, we're shocked. Our own backroom boys are nothing less than paragons of linguistic virtue, eschewing obfuscation in favour of economy, clarity and precision. Here at Vulture Central there's no talk of having to "re-enable the client-side xml database server apps" whenever the search engine goes tits-up, that's for sure.

Sadly, other IT professionals clearly do not follow this righteous path of simplicity, much to the chagrin of the British Public. Nevertheless, 31 per cent of those polled admitted that they themselves used jargon to impress.

So, what's the solution? Chrissie Maher of the Plain English Campaign, which recently promoted "Plain English Day", asserts: "It's a real shame that jargon is so common in some industries that people use it just to fit in, even when they aren't sure what a term means. Just like the story of the Emperor's new clothes, somebody needs to admit the naked truth. We hope Plain English Day will inspire people to take a stand against the rampant misuse of jargon, which wastes everyone's time and money."

Well said. And here for the record is the full league table of jargonistic shame:

  1. Lawyers and solicitors
  2. Computer and IT professionals
  3. The Government
  4. Banks
  5. Local councils

Mercifully, we do not consider that the category "IT professionals" includes IT journos and marketing boys, which will come as a great relief to the El Reg Strategy Boutique which can continue its good work moneterizing our customer interface brand frontage. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.