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In defence of jargon – it might be infuriating but it also has its uses

Why We Use Jargon

Why We Use Jargon

Jargon is used by people to convey certain information in a shortened way and is irritating to hear for some. It conveys a tone of pride and is exclusionary by default.

Studies about using jargons reveal that people with this behavioural trait are insecure or are usually from lower-status institutions.

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