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Jargon

Jargon is a curse to any writer who wants to get a clear, precise message across to a reader. The word "jargon" has two meanings. The first is "incoherent language." The second is "the technical language of a profession." Usually both of these types of jargon should be avoided in letter writing. Of course the first, incoherent language, must be avoided at all costs. Technical language should be kept to a minimum in your letters to avoid confusing your reader.

A person who writes jargon is usually more impressed with the way the words sound than with getting a message across. You are writing to convey a message, not to impress your reader with how many big words you know. People who write in lofty language or jargon will often string together complex words that sound great but mean nothing.


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