Most rules of public speaking or norms of even simple conversation urge us to stay away from jargons. I for one don’t think I can remember all those rules, much less act them out. When I speak, I am busy collecting my thoughts in tandem, test their adequacy so that the listener is put in context, apply emphasis where necessary and liberate them in a simple vocal exercise. Where do rules figure in this mind-mouth scamper?
Yet I think of occasions when jargons came in handy. It helps me compact my sentences amongst people that liberally use them. Saves me and the listener lot many words, long winded explanations. Sometimes it effectively helps parrying questions that are uncomfortable to answer or are totally out of context or even irrelevant. Few inquirers have the chivalry to admit ignorance and persist. If they do, I throw more jargons at them. Signal their cluelessness and convey it’s just beyond them. Wear them out. They’ll soon find something better to do.
Now I find from this article Alan Greenspan used this tactic to avoid answering questions when testifying before Congress !!!
I am no great fan of Mr.Greenspan. But it feels good to know I have his company 😉