We slip. We fall We say bad words that everyone clearly understand. Unlike some of our daily missives.
Most of us are guilty of using too many proprietary terms within our respective fields when we really should be speaking in English. If you can create a sentence that holds only two English words – not counting “the” and the rest of the sentence groans under the weight of anacronyms that no one but you understand as well as long phrases straight from the legal department, then you do not have a sentence.
So much of our misunderstanding are due to unclear communication. Are you guilty? It’s easy to tell, people avoid you at parties and your own spouse immediately starts to clean the fish tank two seconds after asking ” how was your day?”
Some of the suggestions in this article are quite good – except for the part about writing exactly how you talk – you know how I feel about that.