Chapter 5 - Section 5a10: Jargon
If you are not certain of a word's meaning or appropriateness, leave it out. An appropriate word, even a simple one, will add impact to your argument. Ask yourself "Would a reader in a different field be able to understand exactly what I mean from the words I've chosen?" "Is there any way I can say the same thing more simply?"
MBA candidates are particularly prone
to using MBA jargon. When you go to business school, you will find
that MBAs have a language of their own with words such as "incentivize"
or "M & A". Indeed, you will find that a large part
of the lasting benefit of business school is learning the proper
MBA language so that you will better relate with the MBAs who dominate
the business world. For now, however, the GRE is not the place
for MBA jargon or any jargon for that matter.
Your essay graders may not be up to
date on the latest trendy abbreviations. Also, avoid lazy and sloppy
statements like "top-line/bottom line". Slashes and numbered
items are completely inappropriate. You are not making a business
presentation or writing a marketing plan; you are writing a formal
essay to graders, many of whom, were English
majors. Graders are quickly annoyed with strite phrases.
Evaluate the following sentences for jargon.
1. With reference to the poem, I submit that the second and third stanzas connote a certain despair.
2. Allow me to elucidate my position: This horse is the epitome, the very quintessence of equine excellence.
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